Prince: KissiTunesAmazon

Prince: KissiTunesAmazon

How close is Harrogate to a local lockdown?

How close is Harrogate to a local lockdown?

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 1:28pm 9th July 2020. (Updated at 1:41pm 9th July 2020)

New data allows us to compare Harrogate to Leicester, the first place in England to close down to stamp out a localised outbreak.

  • The latest figures show Leicester has five times as many confirmed cases of coronavirus as Harrogate
  • Even when the figures are adjusted for population size, Leicester's infection rate is still more than double Harrogate's
  • The government say lockdowns on the scale of Leicester's are 'not imminent in other areas'

Harrogate's bars and restaurants re-opened last weekend, but it was a very different picture in Leicester, where a local lockdown means they have to stay shut for now.

So how do the rates of coronavirus infections in Harrogate and Leicester compare? 

Recently released figures have allowed us to take a look...

The new testing data revealed last week showed Harrogate has had more than twice as many positive coronavirus cases as previously reported.

But health officials were quick to explain that although the data shows there has been a big rise in infection rates, it is linked “solely” to a change in reporting.

 

Coronavirus

 

Tests performed at Harrogate Hydro leisure centre – and other swab tests on the general population – also known as Pillar 2 test results, are now included in the published data, but weren't previously, which accounts for the rise in confirmed cases in the district to 700.

To put that into context, Leicester now has 4,036 confirmed cases – five times as many as Harrogate.

When the figures are adjusted for the size of the population, Harrogate has an infection rate of 436 per 100,000 people.

That is less than half of the infection rate in Leicester, which is 1,136 per 100,000 people.

North Yorkshire’s director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, said:

“We have been aware for a number of weeks that the way in which the statistics were to be reported was going to change.

“This meant that positive tests from the regional, satellite and mobile test centres would be included.

“The government has now published this Pillar 2 data. This reporting change does increase the figures and may make it look as though there has been a big rise in infection rates. This is not the case. It is linked solely to a change in reporting.”

“New cases in North Yorkshire continue to decline, but we must not be complacent. We all need to play our part to maintain this progress”.