Coronavirus major incident declared in North Yorkshire

A major incident has been declared by officials in North Yorkshire following “a surge” in coronavirus cases in the past fortnight.

North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) said it was reinstating “full emergency mode”.

The body, which is made up of representatives from the police and local authorities, said Harrogate and Selby were of particular concern. Parts of Craven and Scarborough have also seen a sharp rise in cases.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, the county’s director of public health, said there were one to two new cases per day at the end of July. He told a meeting there were now about 20 new cases per day.

Richard Flinton, chair of NYLRF, said: “In North Yorkshire we have remained at a high level of alert since lockdown eased and we have monitored and managed outbreaks where they have happened very successfully with test-and-trace.

“However, we are seeing community transmission of the virus now and a worrying rise in cases in a number of areas. We know how quickly infection rates can change and we are calling on the whole county to act now with us in response.”

There has been an 167 per cent increase in the number of new people testing positive for Covid-19 in England, the National Health Service’s test and trace scheme said on Thursday.

The scheme said positive cases have been rising since the start of July and are now double the number recorded when Test and Trace launched in May.

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