These are the Harrogate district areas which recorded Covid cases in the last week

The national picture is looking positive, with cases of Covid-19 generally falling and the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown set to begin on Monday.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:22 pm

Figures show North Yorkshire had a rate of 23 per 100,000 as of May 10, with Harrogate recording a rate of 18 and England recording a rate of 24.

The data also shows that in the seven days up to May 8, nine Covid cases had been recorded in the Harrogate district.

This is the latest Covid-19 update in the Harrogate district.

Three of these were in Central Harrogate, three in Knaresborough Central and three in Masham, Kirkby Malzeard and North Stainley.

But the daily figures, updated yesterday, showed a further five cases had been recorded in the district on May 12.

In the last seven days up to May 9 there had been no new coronavirus patients admitted to Harrogate District Hospital and there have been no new Covid-related deaths there since April 11. The total death toll at the hospital throughout the pandemic stands at 179.

It's not all good news, however, as there are at least 19 people in Yorkshire and the Humber who have been infected with the Indian variant of Covid-19 that the Government is “anxious” about.

Public Health England (PHE) figures show 509 cases of a variant first detected in India, which is known as B1.617.2, were recorded in England by May 5 and 19 of them were detected in Yorkshire and the Humber.

B1.617.2 was classed as a variant of concern earlier this month, as PHE states it is at least as transmissible as the Kent variant but there is “insufficient evidence” to determine whether it is more deadly or the current vaccines are less effective against it.

The next step of the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions is planned for May 17, when pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers inside and up to two households or six people will be allowed to meet indoors.

Another 235 cases of another Indian variant, known as B.1.617.1, had been detected in England by May 5.

That includes 109 cases in London and 13 in Yorkshire and the Humber.

There is also a third variant that was first detected in India, but only nine cases had been recorded in the UK by May 5 and none of them were in Yorkshire.

Public Health England states the variants are “closely related” but have different genetic profiles and “were designated as separate variants so that we can track them properly”.