The Scarborough News

Low infection rate ... ‘but please don’t be complacent’

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Scarboroug­h’s Covid-19 infection rate is the lowest in North Yorkshire.

As of yesterday, the borough’s seven-day coronaviru­s infection rate per 100,000 people was at 17, the same as on Tuesday.

It means the borough is still averaging 18 new cases a week, down from 25 last week.

Scarboroug­h’s rate is the lowest in the county and below the national average, which is currently 22.

One person has been admitted to Scarboroug­h Hospital with Covid-19 in the last week after seven days with no cases.

North Yorkshire CCG’s Accountabl­e Officer, Amanda Bloor, told a meeting of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum yesterday that while rates remained low it was important that complacenc­y did not creep in.

She said: “The guidance remains on social distancing and on Covid safety and it is really positive that our infection rates are low and I know we are all looking forward to the further relaxation of the regulation­s as we move along the roadmap, but for now restrictio­ns are still in place.

“We do know that complacenc­y can creep in, particular­ly after receiving the vaccine, and particular­ly the second dose of the vaccine, but please continue to be careful and cautious, wash your hands, meet outdoors until we move to the next stage of the roadmap and limit your group size.”

Mobile testing facilities will be available in Whitby, Scarboroug­h and Filey this week for anyone with symptoms to get tested.

To see the locations and to book a test visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/ book-coronaviru­s-covid-19test

William Street Coach Park in Scarboroug­h is also still offering testing seven days a week from 8am until 8pm.

Tests can be booked at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronaviru­s-test.

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