Nearly 100 deaths at Yorkshire hospitals over weekend, as Scarborough borough has its highest daily Covid cases

Almost 100 coronavirus deaths have been registered at Yorkshire hospitals this weekend - the highest number since early May.

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 7:38 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th November 2020, 7:44 pm

There were 68 deaths registered yesterday and 30 recorded today.

The last time a weekend death toll was so high was over the weekend of May 2 and 3.

The figures come as Scarborough borough recorded a new daily high of Covid cases, on Friday. On that day, 73 confirmed cases were recorded, the fourth time in just over a week that the daily record had been broken.

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Nationally, deaths are recorded where a patient either tested positive for Covid-19 or where no positive test result was received for Covid-19, but Covid-19 was mentioned on their death certificate.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death at hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

It means there have been 3,685 coronavirus deaths across Yorkshire's hospitals since the start of the pandemic.

Scarborough’s infection rate, which last month was the lowest in North Yorkshire, stands at 231 cases per 100,000 population on a seven-day average.

It is now only just behind the average for North Yorkshire, which is 237, and closing in on the England average of 240.

The borough’s overall total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is now 1,588.

Scarborough’s new walk-in coronavirus testing site at the William Street Coach Park is open daily from 8am to 8pm.

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.