Forty new covid cases confirmed in Harrogate district
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Oct 16, 2020
Coronavirus testing centre under construction on Dragon Road in Harrogate.
The new coronavirus testing centre under construction on Dragon Road in Harrogate.

A further 40 people have tested positive for covid-19 in the Harrogate district since yesterday.

It brings the total number of cases with positive tests in the district to 1,598 since the start of the outbreak.

There have been no deaths of patients with coronavirus at Harrogate District Hospital since September 29, with the total during the pandemic standing at 83.

One further person was this week reported to have died in a care home in the district after being diagnosed with the virus.


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The latest statistics show Harrogate has the highest rate of infections in the seven districts in North Yorkshire.

Latest weekly figures showed 154 cases per 100,000 people in the district. This compares with 151 in Selby, 147 in Craven and 138 in Hambleton. Richmondshire recorded 104, Scarborough had 94 and Ryedale 89.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons this week the government would consider a district-by-district approach to its new tier system.

Today, the government announced Lancashire would be placed in the highest tier of restrictions – but remains in dispute with the leaders of Greater Manchester over introducing further limitations there.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, director of public health for North Yorkshire, said the main cause of spread of coronavirus in the county was between households.

He said he supported the new tier system as it would help to tackle the spread in the county, but said there were “very few instances” of infection in hospitality.

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