Covid-19 infection rates creeps up in Richmondshire

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Richmondshire’s coronavirus rate is on the rise, the latest figures show.

The district’s seven day rate per 100,000 people is currently at 24, compared to a 2021 low of around four at the end of May.

There were 13 new cases in the district in the seven days up to June 6, including four in Catterick Garrison and Colburn and three in the Leyburn area.

Most districts in North Yorkshire have seen an increase in cases in recent days, with the county rate now standing at 32.

The average for England stands at 54.

In a message to residents last night, North Yorkshire County Council’s chief executive, Richard Flinton, urged people to continue to guard against the virus with the Euro 2020 football tournament kicking off tomorrow.

He wrote: “We are  asking people to remain vigilant and continue to remember hands, face, space and fresh air as Covid infection rates increase across the county.

“Although North Yorkshire’s rate is still well below the English average, numbers are rising as the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid continues to push up cases.

“So we must all remain cautious, meet people outside where we can and avoid large crowds.

“Mindful of the upcoming Euros – let’s all be careful that we watch them in a Covid-safe way. And with a heat wave on the way this weekend let’s remember to use our sun cream, too, and remain safe in the sun.”