New figures suggest spread of coronavirus slowing down in North East

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Two sets of official figures published today suggest that the spread of coronavirus in the ITV Tyne Tees region is slowing down. 

A survey from the Office for National Statistics estimates that around 1.3 per cent of people in the community in the North East, not including hospitals and care homes, had coronavirus on the 13th of October. That's higher than previous weeks but vitally they say it's "showing early indications of a levelling off."

The so-called 'R number' published by government scientists also has given an indication that the spread of COVID-19 in the region is slowing.

It shows a range of between 1.1 and 1.3 for the North East & Yorkshire. That means every 10 infected people are passing the virus onto between 11 and 13 others.

That's below the national average, and lower than last week. It suggests Covid-19 is still spreading - but more slowly.