COVID-19 Intelligence: March 2021 update

This report forms part of our ongoing monitoring of the immediate and longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the North East.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group has been gathering data and intelligence to inform the region’s response to the crisis. 

This is the fourth in a series of summary updates on the ongoing economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the path towards recovery. Because it follows so soon after the previous report in January 2021, no further consultations or research have been undertaken exploring the impacts on sectors and places. Therefore, this report focuses on updating the published quantitative evidence only. Readers who are interested in the most recent qualitative evidence on the impacts of the pandemic on sectors and places in the North East can find it in the previous report.

While the current report draws on the latest available sources, almost all the indicators it presents pre-date the Government’s publication of the roadmap out of lockdown, as well as the March 2021 Budget. We have tried to reflect this in our analysis, but readers are reminded that the report should be interpreted in the context of these recent policy announcements.