The Yorkshire areas where Covid infection rates are currently rising fastest

England’s hospitals now have more Covid-19 patients than during April’s first-wave peak and health bosses have warned the NHS is “back in the eye of the storm.”

Shoppers in Leeds, where the coronavirus infection rate is rising (Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Although the coronavirus infection rate is lower in Yorkshire than in London and the South East, it is rising quickly in some areas. Only Scarborough and Rotherham have seen rates fall in the seven days to December 23, the latest available figures. The following 11 Yorkshire areas saw rates rise the fastest during that period. The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two). The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 population. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

Hambleton had a rate of 224.9 (206 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 77.5 (71 cases) the previous week

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York had a rate of 218.4, (460) in the seven days to December 23, up from 94.5 (199 cases) the previous week
Ryedale had a rate of 146.3 (81 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 65 (36 cases) the previous week
Harrogate had a rate of 113.8 (183 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 83.3 (134 cases) the previous week
Leeds had a rate of 184.0 (1,459 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 143.5 (1,138 cases) the previous week
Richmondshire had a rate of 163.8 (88 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 128.4 (69 cases) the previous week. (Image taken before the pandemic)
Selby had a rate of 169.9 (154 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 136.8 (124 cases) the previous week
Wakefield had a rate of 181.2 (631 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 147.6 (514 cases) the previous week
Craven had a rate of 147.0 (84 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 124.3 (71 cases) the previous week
Barnsley had a rate of 202.1 (499 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 172.2 (425 cases) the previous week
Hull had a rate of 255.6 (664 new cases) in the seven days to December 23, up from 220.2 (572 cases) the previous week