Saturday coronavirus update: York cases level off, another increase in North Yorkshire


The good news is there are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in York today (Saturday, 4 April).

Unfortunately, the number in North Yorkshire continues to rise – and the figure is now above the 200 barrier. There are now 218 confirmed cases in the county, up from 193 the day before.

Here are some of the key statistics (yesterday’s figures in brackets):

  • Total UK cases: 41,903 (38,168)
  • Daily confirmed UK cases: 3,735 (4,450)
  • Total UK deaths: 4,313(3,605)
  • Confirmed cases in York: 57 (57)
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 218 (193)
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 78 (72)

New cases of coronavirus appear to have stabilised but it is not the time to “take our foot off the pedal”, a healthcare chief has said, as ministers pleaded with the public to obey social distancing rules despite the warm weather.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director, made the warning as the latest figures showed the recorded death toll from the virus in the UK has risen above 4,000, including a five-year-old child.

Speaking alongside Michael Gove at the daily Downing Street press conference, Prof Powis said: “The new cases in the UK have continued to rise but in the last few days they have stabilised.”

He said there had been a “bit of a plateauing” of rates of people being taken to hospital in London, but warned: “This is not the time to be complacent and to take our foot off the pedal.

“We need to continue to comply with those instructions because that will translate in the next week or two into a reduction in hospital admissions.”