Covid infection rate in Scarborough borough rockets past the national average, and has gone from lowest to highest in North Yorkshire
In under a month Scarborough borough has gone from having the lowest coronavirus infection rate in North Yorkshire to the highest.
Three consecutive days of record cases, culminating in 104 new infections being recorded on Saturday, has seen the borough overtake Harrogate for the worst in the county.
Saturday was the fifth time in just over a week that the borough had set a new record high in daily cases. On Sunday, 76 new infections were confirmed.
Scarborough’s infection rate, which last month was the lowest in North Yorkshire at 92, now stands at 337 cases per 100,000 population on a seven-day average.
It has overtaken every other North Yorkshire district and also the average for England, which is now 240.
Harrogate has the second-worst rate in North Yorkshire at 279. Ryedale now has the fewest cases with an infection rate of just 70.
The borough’s overall total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is now 1,768 and Scarborough is now averaging more than 50 new cases per day in the last week.
Last week, Scarborough’s new walk-in coronavirus testing site officially opened at the William Street Coach Park.
Testing at the site is available seven days a week from 8am until 8pm and it will have the capacity for around 350 tests per day.
Appointments must be booked in advance.
Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms should register for a test on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
People who do not have access to the internet, or who have difficulty with the digital portals, can ring the 119 service to book.
Tests can be booked at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.