Coronavirus infection rates DROP to below 300 in all four areas of South Yorkshire

Most recent government data on Covid-19 shows that the rate of infection across all of South Yorkshire is falling, with every area now below 300.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 11:17 am

Coronavirus infection rates and the total number of new cases is decreasing in every area of the South Yorkshire region, after the government released the latest Covid-19 data based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

Sheffield’s rate of infections are down to 232. 4 infections per 100,000 people in the week to January 15, from 320.1 recorded in the seven days to January 8.

The total number of new cases in the city have also fallen from 1,872 infections in the week ending January 8, to 1,359 new cases in the most recent period.

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The rate of coronavirus infections in Sheffield is going down according to the latest figures.

Covid-19 infection rates decreased in Doncaster as well, with 361.3 infections per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 8 – falling to an average rate of 282.2 cases in the week to January 15.

The number of new infections in the town dropped from 1,127 cases to 880 new coronavirus infections in the seven days to January 15.

Barnsley’s rate of coronavirus infection appears to be slowing down as well, after the town’s average rate fell from 259.2 cases per 100,000 people in the previous week, to 233.3 in the seven days to January 15.

The total number of new virus cases dropped from 640 cases in the week to January 8, to 576 infections in the latest period.

In the seven days to January 15, Rotherham recorded an average rate of 270.5 cases in every 100,000 people – showing a sharp fall from the 318.8 rate which was reported by the government the week before.

Covid-19 cases also fell in the South Yorkshire town, from 846 to 718 new infections, based on the most recent virus data.

The trend of both rates of infection and the number of new cases falling in the region, is mirrored across England after 301 out of 315 local authority areas also documented a reduction.

Knowsley in Merseyside has the highest rate in England, with 1,712 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 15 – the equivalent of 1,134.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,464.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 8.

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