Sunderland is at a "tipping point" after coronavirus cases rose by 364% a week following a charity football match.
Council chiefs issued the warning amid a surge in infections across the city following the 300-person event at Burnside Working Men’s Club near its border with Durham on August 30, ChronicleLive reports.
They revealed its worst-hit areas as several businesses and schools have been forced to close their doors in a bid to reduce the chance of transmission.
In a joint statement, councillors Graeme Miller and Patrick Melia said it's a "real possibility" that Sunderland could follow suit of other parts of the country which have restrictions in place.
They said in a statement: "Today we are calling on everyone in Sunderland to do their bit in the battle against Covid-19 following a sharp rise in the number of cases across our city.
"We really are at tipping point following the dramatic rise in the number of people testing positive for Covid over the last week, with cases more than doubling in the last seven days."
South Tyneside council also says it's at a "tipping point" as some 300 fans were told to self-isolate following 28 positive tests after the match.
Cases in Sunderland have more than doubled in a week and in the past week alone the number of cases rose by 364% to 36.1 cases per 100,000.
In Houghton West, there were 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while Houghton Town had 23 cases in the week ending September 4.
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