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South Tyneside health chief warns of ‘vast’ staff losses to self-isolation

Planned surgery could be cancelled if cases continue to grow exponentially, says director of public health

The director of public health in the UK’s latest Covid hotspot says his biggest anxiety is losing “vast swathes” of the local workforce to self-isolation in the coming weeks, particularly in health and social care.

South Tyneside, in the north-east of England, has asked the government for help to step up its vaccination programme after recording a seven-day rolling average rate of 1,308 cases per 100,000 people, the highest in the UK.

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