Over half the places in Yorkshire recorded declines in the rates of infection for coronavirus.
The latest figures published on August 21 have revealed the number of cases and the rate by which the virus is spreading in a seven-day period up to August 18.
This is then pitted against a figure from the same seven-day period up to August 11 to show a trend and whether infection rates are going up or down.
Bradford, perhaps unsurprisingly, remains Yorkshire’s coronavirus hotspot. It has the highest number of cases compared to anywhere else in the county but the latest week-on-week figures are reassuring.
They show that the rate of infection has dropped to 45.9, compared to 58.5 the week prior, and there were similar declines in Kirklees and Calderdale.
All three will be hoping to escape local lockdown regulations in the near future and the Government will look at this data to determine whether rules can be relaxed.
In total, nine out of 16 areas saw their rates drop, with six recording an increase.
They were Wakefield, Leeds, Hull, Selby, Harrogate and Scarborough, with East Riding of Yorkshire the only place which saw its rate remain static.
Nationally, Oldham is still the country’s coronavirus hotspot, followed by Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester with Bradford coming in fifth.
Areas recording notable week-on-week jumps include Swindon, Bury and Stoke-on-Trent.
The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two) with the rate expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.
Data for the most recent three days – August 19 to August 21 – has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.
Here are the latest coronavirus infection rates for every place in Yorkshire
- Bradford 45.9 (248), 58.5 (316) ↓
- Calderdale 33.1 (70), 38.8 (82) ↓
- Kirklees 32.7 (144), 35.0 (154) ↓
- Wakefield 20.4 (71), 19.8 (69) ↑
- Leeds 16.9 (134), 15.3 (121) ↑
- Barnsley 15.0 (37), 20.3 (50) ↓
- Sheffield 12.1 (71), 22.6 (132) ↓
- Rotherham 12.1 (32), 16.6 (44) ↓
- Harrogate 8.1 (13), 6.8 (11) ↑
- Hull 6.2 (16), 2.3 (6) ↑
Selby 6.6 (6), 2.2 (2) ↑
Richmondshire 5.6 (3), 11.2 (6) ↓
York 3.8 (8), 5.2 (11) ↓
Doncaster 3.2 (10), 5.1 (16) ↓
- East Riding of Yorkshire 2.9 (10), 2.9 (10) ↔
Scarborough 2.8 (3), 1.8 (2) ↑
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From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 18; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 18; rate of new cases in the seven days to August 11; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to August 11.