Scarborough borough has a coronavirus infection rate of zero: Here's when the last positive test was recorded

The Scarborough borough is one of 18 areas of England with a coronavirus infection rate of zero.

Monday, 27th July 2020, 1:44 pm
Updated Monday, 27th July 2020, 1:48 pm

No new cases have been confirmed for more than three weeks, with the figure staying at 561 for Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

Figures from the government show that the last positive test was recorded on July 3, since then there have been no new infections.

The data includes tests carried out in hospitals and also Pillar 2 tests, which is anyone tested at one of the mobile sites in the borough or sent a test to take at home.

Testing in Scarborough.

Before July 3, the last previous confirmed case in Scarborough was on June 23. It means Scarborough’s seven-day infection rate is now 0.

The other areas with a zero infection rate include Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, North and West Devon, the Isle of Wight, and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

Earlier this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock congratulated people in Scarborough and Whitby after only one case of coronavirus was reported in three weeks.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he was responding to Scarborough and Whitby’s MP Robert Goodwill who said that there had been just one confirmed case since June 23.

“Will the Secretary of State join me in paying tribute to the people of Scarborough and Whitby not only for so assiduously following the Government guidelines, but for applying liberal quantities of Yorkshire common sense?,” asked Mr Goodwill.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock replied: “Absolutely. They are doing a great job in following the social distancing rules and making sure that they take appropriate precautions, and as a result, the disease has been suppressed in Scarborough."

The historical data also shows that the spike in cases in the borough came on April 26 when 32 new cases were recorded in one day. At that time Scarborough was averaging 13 new cases a week.

The first confirmed case in the borough came on March 13, 10 days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures.

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