Scarborough borough's infection rate rises again as new lockdown becomes law

Scarborough’s coronavirus infection rate continues to rise as the new stay at home orders come into force.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 8:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 9:02 am

The borough is averaging more than 58 cases every 24 hours as its seven day infection rate per 100,000 people has gone up to 375 having stood at 320 on Monday.

A total of 4,242 cases have now been recorded in the borough since the start of the pandemic and, as of Monday, 40 Covid patients were in beds at Scarborough Hospital.

Scarborough’s infection rate remains below the average for England which is 592 and has fallen behind the average for North Yorkshire which has jumped up to 382.

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The latest lockdown rules became law at midnight last night.

Richmondshire has the highest rate in the county at 480 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Craven at 443 and Selby at 384.

Mobile testing sites will be in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey at different times during the week for people with coronavirus symptoms to get tested.

To find your nearest test location visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/book-coronavirus-covid-19-test.

Scarborough’s walk-in coronavirus testing site at William Street Coach Park is offering testing seven days a week from 8am until 8pm.

Appointments for all sites 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.