South African variant found in Scarborough borough but infection rate fall continues

Scarborough’s coronavirus infection rate has fallen once more a day after it was revealed that cases of the new South African variant of the virus had been found in the borough.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 9:27 am

The borough’s seven day infection rate per 100,000 people has fallen to 103 from 108 yesterday.

The average rate for England is 256 while in North Yorkshire it is now 160.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that two cases of the more contagious South African variant had been confirmed in Scarborough.

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The borough’s seven day infection rate now stands at 103.

The cases were linked to international travel and there was believed to have been no community transmission of the virus.

Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s director of Public Health, told a meeting of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum that: ”The people involved have done all the right things since turning home from abroad.

“They have self isolated in line with the guidance, as such there is not considered to be any community risk associated with them and, therefore, we will not be sharing any additional information about them.

“At this time we are not aware of any community cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 in North Yorkshire.”

Mobile testing facilities will be available in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey this week.

To see the locations and to book a test visit Street Coach Park in Scarborough is still offering testing seven days a week from 8am until 8pm.