Total confirmed coronavirus cases in York and North Yorkshire tops 100

Photograph: YorkMix

Another two coronavirus cases were confirmed in York today (Sunday, 29 March).

York now has 21 confirmed cases, up from Saturday’s total of 19.

Public health officials have recorded another big rise in North Yorkshire, which now has 88 confirmed cases. That’s up from 75 on Saturday – a 17% rise overnight.

It brings the total confirmed cases in city and county to 109.

And the news comes after a third coronavirus-related death in the Harrogate area was announced.

Here are some more of the key statistics:

  • Total UK cases: 19,522
  • Daily confirmed UK cases: 2,433
  • Total UK deaths: 1,228
  • Confirmed cases in York: 21
  • Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 88
  • Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 31
Michael Gove at a coronavirus press conference on Friday. Photograph: 10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/Pippa Fowles

Michael Gove has said the Government is “very concerned” by the increase in the number of deaths from coronavirus.

Asked about a steepening in the curve of deaths, the Cabinet Office minister said it was important to maintain the social distancing rules set put by the Government.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge programme, he said: “Well naturally, we’re very concerned and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who’ve lost loved ones in the last few days.

“And today’s figures remind us how important it is to maintain the social distancing rules that the Government have announced.

“It’s absolutely critical that all of us stay at home, that we limit our trips away from home to just one a day for exercise, we limit the amount that we shop. If we do that, we can all play our part in helping the NHS.”

When asked about a June timeframe for the end of the lockdown, Mr Gove told Sky News that the length of the measures is not something that is “absolutely fixed”.

“There are different projections as to how long the lockdown might last,” he said.

“But it’s not the case that the length of the lockdown is something that is absolutely fixed.

“It depends on all of our behaviour. If we follow the guidelines, we can deal more effectively with the spread of the disease.”