When a Middlesbrough headteacher was asked how many devices were needed to ensure all pupils could continue learning during the lockdown, she hardly dared admit the answer. After a quick survey of parents, she discovered that more than 50 families didn't have the digital technology equipment required.
A new test site for people with symptoms of Covid-19 has opened in Middlesbrough. ‘Walk-through' tests are now available in Pallister Park. The car park next to Pallister Park, off Ormesby Road, has been converted to a test centre and will be open 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
Middlesbrough is believed to be the first town or city in the UK to pledge every child will have access to an internet device to support their education. Middlesbrough Council today confirmed the "learning lifeline" for young people after headteachers identified equipment gaps that left children at risk of being left behind.
An urgent appeal has been sounded warning people to be on their guard against scams and cons under the cover of lockdown. And they're being urged to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours who may fall prey to unscrupulous fraudsters.
Lockdown patrols by street wardens and police are reinforcing the ‘stay at home' message as Covid puts local NHS services under huge pressure. Middlesbrough Council wardens, neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs are teaming up to remind people of the rules which are in place to save lives.