Coronavirus – Friday update: Cases rise in York and North Yorkshire

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/Crown Copyright/10 Downing Street/PA Wire
10 Apr 2020 @ 7.22 pm
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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in York has risen again today (Friday, 10 April) – while in North Yorkshire the figure is closing in on 400.

There have also been more deaths confirmed at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

In York, there are 111 officially recorded cases of Covid-19 – a rise of ten from yesterday.

North Yorkshire now has 390 cases, up from 352 the day before.

Figures from NHS England also confirmed four more deaths related to coronavirus in the York NHS Trust. That takes the total to 37 up to 5pm on 9 April

Here are some of the key figures (yesterday’s numbers in brackets):

  • Total UK cases: 70,272 (65,077)
  • Daily confirmed UK cases: 5,195 (4,344)
  • Total UK deaths: 8,958 (7,978)
  • Daily UK deaths: 980 (881)
  • Confirmed cases in York: 111 (101)
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 390 (352)
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 174 (150)

It is still too early to say that the UK has reached its peak number of coronavirus cases, the deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Jonathan Van-Tam told a daily press briefing on Friday that the nation was still in a “dangerous phase” in regard to the number of new Covid-19 cases.

Dr Van-Tam said it was “premature” to say whether the UK has hit its peak number of cases, adding that the social distancing measures must continue.

Citing data from March 16 to April 10 on the number of new coronavirus cases, he said: “You can see the broad trend that we have been in an increase phase and we are now at a point where we are at a high level and the numbers are varying day by day.

“We are in a dangerous phase still. And I need to reinforce that again to you, that this is not over.”