More cases of coronavirus confirmed in York and North Yorkshire

Photograph: Richard McDougall

The number of people with confirmed coronavirus has risen in both York and North Yorkshire.

Official stats from Public Health England today (Friday, 27 March) show there are 17 official cases in York – three more than yesterday.

In North Yorkshire the cases have gone up by 38% – from 50 yesterday to 69 today.

Considering the relatively small number of people being tested, the real figures are likely to be significantly higher.

Here are some more of the key statistics:

  • Total UK cases: 14,543
  • Daily confirmed UK cases: 2,885
  • Total UK deaths: 759
  • Confirmed cases in York: 17
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 69
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 23

The NHS has 33,000 hospital beds available to treat coronavirus patients, the health service’s boss in England said this evening, as he heralded an “unprecedented response” to tackle the outbreak.

Sir Simon Stevens said that “extraordinary efforts” were being taken, as he confirmed two new field hospitals will be opened in Manchester and Birmingham to swell capacity.