Coronavirus infection rates have dropped across most of Yorkshire – but Kirklees and Wakefield have seen a worrying rise over the past week, according to the latest figures.
Yesterday, the weekly rate of new cases of COVID-19 for every local authority in England was announced.
The figures are based on tests that have been carried out both in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).
The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 of the population and Bradford still remains Yorkshire’s coronavirus hotspot, according to the data.
Leicester, which is still under a local lockdown after a surge in cases, saw its infection rate fall but it remains the most contagious place in England for coronavirus.
The new list, which is based on the latest Public Health England figures, updated on July 9 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.
It shows the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 6, followed by the equivalent figure for the previous seven days to June 29.
This is how rates have changed over the past week in Yorkshire:
- Bradford – 35.7, was 50.1
- Kirklees 32.4, was 28.9
- Barnsley 17.5, was 35.1
- Rotherham 16.6, was 31.0
- Sheffield 14.4, was 26.3
- Wakefield 14.2, was 10.1
- Doncaster 11.9, was 16.7
- Calderdale 9.5, was 19.5
- Leeds 6.1, was 10.9
East Riding of Yorkshire 3.8, was 3.5
Hull 3.1, was 5.0
York 2.4, was 2.9
- Selby 2.2, was 6.7
- Scarborough remained 0.9
The only places to see a rise in the infection rate were Wakefield, East Riding of Yorkshire and Kirklees – the latter of which is now the place with the fifth highest infection rate in England.
Scarborough has the lowest infection rate at 0.9 per 100,000 of the population and every other area saw a drop.