Another steep rise in Delta variant cases in York – as infections soar but hospital admissions don’t
The latest figures show the continuing grip of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in York.
In the period to 30 June, York had recorded 700 cases of the variant, a week-on-week rise of 75%.
There were steep rises in other areas of North Yorkshire too. In Scarborough, Delta cases went up from 53 the week before to 131 – an 147% increase
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In York, virtually all the new cases are the Delta variant. It has seen infection rates climb in the last three weeks.
On 12 June, the reported case rate was 38.9 new cases per 100,000 people. By yesterday (Friday) that figure had risen nearly tenfold to 360.8.
The good news is, the hospital admission rate remains low. As at 29 June, there were only five people with Covid-19 in York Hospital, and none were in intensive care.
Today leading doctors urged the Government to keep some measures in place after July to control the spread of Covid amid the “alarming” rise in cases.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said that keeping some protective measures in place was “crucial” to stop spiralling cases numbers having a “devastating impact” on people’s health, the NHS, economy and education.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he has increasing confidence that he can go ahead with the final phase of his plans to end England’s lockdown on July 19 to “get back to life as close to it was before Covid”.
The new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, earlier this week also confirmed his intention for Step 4 of the road map to go ahead at that point, but he stopped short of confirming to MPs that will mean the end of every measure.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said easing restrictions was not an “all or nothing” decision and that “sensible, cautious” measures will be vital to minimising the impact of further waves, new variants and lockdowns.