Mapped: The 131 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in South Yorkshire this week

More than 130 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across South Yorkshire in the past week, the latest figures show.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 8:43 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 8:43 am

Between last Thursday, June 12 and yesterday, June 19, 131 more people across the region tested positive for coronavirus, figures from Public Health England reveal.

There have now been 2,639 confirmed cases in Sheffield, following a weekly rise of 53; 911 in Doncaster, up by 20; 1,041 in Barnsley, up by 27; and 1,046 in Rotherham, up by 31.

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A coronavirus testing centre at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium (pic: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

That brings the total number of positive tests in the region since the pandemic began to 5,637.

Sheffield has the eighth highest rate of cases per 100,000 population out of any higher tier local authority in England, at 453, behind Gateshead (500.2), South Tyneside (499.8), Sunderland (499.6), Middlesbrough (493.8), Blackpool (486), Oldham (484.7) and Cumbria (454.4).

Health bosses in the city have previously ascribed the high rate to more people being tested there than elsewhere in the country.