Zetland FM Local News - 19th July 2021
Teesside has seen the biggest spike in covid infection rates in the country as our area remains a national hotspot;
The volunteer crew of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat were called into action twice in our area yesterday;
...and it's been announced that a primary school in our area is to benefit from a new school building as part of the government's School Rebuilding Programme.
Teesside has seen the biggest spike in covid infection rates in the country as our area remains a national hotspot.
Case rates in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland are now in the top four in England - behind only South Tyneside, the latest official figures show.
The spike in infections comes ahead of the easing of covid restrictions today, which sees social distancing rules and legal requirements to wear a mask come to an end.
Here in Redcar and Cleveland we have seen the biggest weekly rise in England - jumping from 508.9 to 1,017.9 per 100,000 population, with 1,396 new cases in the week to July 12.
The rates are the highest seen on Teesside since the start of the pandemic.
The volunteer crew of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat were called into action twice in our area yesterday.
Just before 6pm yesterday evening the crew were tasked following reports of three people cut off by the rising tide on rocks at Redcar.
However the crew stood down before launching.
Then at just after 7pm the crew responded following a report of two people cut off by the rising tide at Huncliff at Saltburn.
The people involved were Found safe a short time later after returning to Saltburn unaided.
It's been announced that a primary school in our area is to benefit from a new school building as part of the government's School Rebuilding Programme.
Skelton Primary School is set to benefit from a new, modern, energy-efficient school building as a further 50 schools are confirmed for the Prime Minister's ten-year rebuilding programme, to level up opportunities for all.
The School Rebuilding Programme is due to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the next decade, which will benefit tens of thousands of pupils over their lifetime.
The rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms.
The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the Government's net zero target.