York is not added to the Government’s coronavirus watchlist

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York has not been listed as an area of concern on the Government’s watchlist this week – despite having a higher rate of coronavirus cases than many places that have made the list.

Earlier this week the city’s public health bosses warned York was at “tipping point” and that we could be listed as an area of concern due to the rise in cases.

But the list of areas of concern, published by government today, does not include York.

Health bosses said yesterday that York currently has a rate of infection of 61.25 per 100,000 people.

This is higher than areas added to the list this week – including Cheshire West and Chester, which has a rate of 57.3 cases per 100,000 and Cheshire East at 44.9 cases per 100,000.

Scarborough and Selby were added to the watchlist last week and have rates of 46.9 per 100,000 and 58.4 respectively.