Rotherham's Covid-19 infection rate falls below ten

Rotherham's Covid-19 infection rate falls below ten

By Chloe West | 06/08/2020

Rotherham's Covid-19 infection rate falls below ten


COVID-19 infection rates are continuing to fall in Rotherham.

The latest figures showed the infection rate per 100,000 people swab-tested between July 26 and August 1, had fallen below ten for the first time in several weeks.

Rotherham showed an infection rate of 9.4 - a decrease of 2.3 compared to the previous week, ranking the town 32nd nationally.

Nearby Sheffield has a higher rate of 13.6 cases per 100,000, ranking it 25th, with Barnsley’s rate at 10.6.

Nationally, Lancashire’s Blackburn and Darwen is the area with the highest rate of new Covid-19 infections at 88.6 per 100,000.

Overall, there have been 2,050 positive Covid-19 cases in Rotherham.

Enhanced testing in the town has been underway over the last few weeks with mobile testing units, and the new Forge Island walk-thru test centre.

This week, six coronavirus inpatients remained at Rotherham Hospital, the same number as last week.

In total, the hospital has treated 642 coronavirus patients, with 419 being discharged, 203 dead, and the rest transferred to other sites.

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