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Coronavirus: North Yorkshire's 'passed peak of infection rate'

Coronavirus: North Yorkshire's 'passed peak of infection rate'

Published by Karen Liu at 6:37am 21st May 2020. (Updated at 6:54am 21st May 2020)

Drop in COVID-19 hospital admissions in North Yorkshire

  • A drop in the number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 in North Yorkshire suggests the county has passed the peak.
  • Richard Flinton, who is chair of the Local Resilience Forum made the claim.
  • He goes on to add that coronavirus is still with us and it's a 'real risk that we need to manage'.

A reduction in the number of hospital admissions for COVID-19 in North Yorkshire suggests the county has passed the peak of the virus.

That's according to Richard Flinton, who is chair of the Local Resilience Forum.

But, he cautions that infection rates are different in other parts of the county and warns that Coronavirus is still with us.

He said:

"We hit the peak in terms of numbers of beds being occupied in hospitals as a pretty good guide as to what's happening.

But it's come down much more slowly than it went up in the first place.

So it is decreasing, that is good news, but it is still very evident that there are live infections taking place in North Yorkshire.

This is a real present and real risk that we need to manage.

In the more rural areas, there's been a lower incidence of the virus, but it is tailing off less quickly than other places.

So a variable picture as you would expect across the county area, but one that very much says that the virus is present with us and whilst we can start enjoying some lifting of restrictions, we need to be ever vigilant and practice all of the good hygiene messages of washing your hands, keeping a safe distance etc."