Tiers announcement due today as borough's infection rate rises again

Scarborough’s Covid-19 infection is continuing to rise as a decision on what Tier of restriction parts of the country will be in are set to be made today.

Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 9:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 9:17 am

The borough’s seven-day infection rate is now 175 cases per 100,000 people, up from 170 yesterday after 37 new cases were added overnight.

Two weeks ago, Scarborough’s rate dropped to 121, its lowest level since early October, but has steadily climbed back up since then.

Over the last seven days, the borough averaged 27 new cases a day.

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The number of cases has risen again.

Scarborough’s rate remains below the average for England, which stands at 202.

The average rate for North Yorkshire has also risen slightly to 101 from 99.

Today, a decision will be made by the Government on the Tier restrictions and whether any areas will move up or down the alert levels.

Earlier this week, London and parts of the South East were moved in to Tier 3 Very High restrictions due to rising case numbers.

Though a decision will be taken today the official announcement on Tiers is not expected until tomorrow.

Today, a mobile testing facility will be at Scarborough’s Seamer Road park and ride site.

Scarborough’s walk-in coronavirus testing site at William Street Coach Park is also 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.