Wednesday update: Large increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in York and North Yorkshire

An ambulance pulls in to York Hospital. Photograph: YorkMix

The latest Covid-19 statistics make it clear that we have a long way to go to beat the virus.

There have been large increases nationally and locally in the number of confirmed cases.

And there have been three more coronavirus-related deaths at York Hospital, bringing the total to 19.

In York, there are 87 confirmed cases of coronavirus today (Wednesday, 8 April) – a 16% increase from yesterday’s figure of 75.

North Yorkshire now has 328 cases, up from 285 – a 15% increase.

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

  • Total UK cases: 60,733 (55,242)
  • Daily confirmed UK cases: 5,491 (3,634)
  • Total UK deaths: 7,097 (6,159)
  • Daily UK deaths: 938 (786)
  • Confirmed cases in York: 87 (75)
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 328 (285)
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 123 (97)

At the daily press conference Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Angela McLean said the spread of the virus is not accelerating.

She said: “This count of new cases in the UK, day by day over the last few weeks, is not accelerating out of control.

“Yesterday, there were 5,492 new cases and the spread of the virus is not accelerating and that is good news.”