New figures reveal the number of people in York who have coronavirus ‘right now’

A face-covering sign near Bettys in York. Photograph: YorkMix
9 Nov 2020 @ 7.46 am
| Health

At the weekend York surpassed 4,000 people in total who have had a positive Covid-19 test.

That number includes every confirmed case since January, when the first cases were confirmed in the UK.

So how many have coronavirus in the city right now?

According to new research, there are 1,613 ‘active cases’ in York as of yesterday (Sunday, 8 November). That figure is based on people with Covid-19 symptoms – who may or may not have been tested.

And it gives an estimated rate of active cases in York per 100,000 people of 776.1. In Leeds, this figure is 1,336.1, and in Bradford it is 1,129.2.

The data is from Zoe, from the COVID Symptom Study app. The initiative was launched by health science company Zoe with scientific analysis provided by King’s College London. 

With more than four million contributors globally, Zoe says it is the world’s largest ongoing study of Covid-19.

Figures elsewhere

According to the research, there are an estimated

  • 304 active cases in Ryedale
  • 1,014 in Hambleton
  • 1,796 in Harrogate
  • 642 in Scarborough
  • 482 in Richmondshire
  • 327 in Craven,
  • and 2,690 in East Yorkshire.

On Friday the team behind Zoe reported that, based on swab tests, the number daily new cases in the North of England had fallen in the last week.

It found the R infection rate was 1.0.

The Zoe Covid Symptom Study UK Infection Survey figures are based on around a million weekly reporters and the proportion of newly symptomatic users who have positive swab tests.