CASES of Covid in the region have increased by 506 in the space of 24 hours according to official figures.

Figures from Public Health England show that there are 37,373 people confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday July 15 - this is up from 36,867 on the same day last week.

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The rate of infection in North Yorkshire now stands at 6,047 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 8,162.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 47,891 over the period to 5,281,098

North Yorkshire cases were among the 484,759 recorded across Yorkshire and Humber, a figure which rose by 5,334 over the same period.

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The health body also recently changed the way it records the figures - cases identified through a positive lateral flow test will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked and receives a negative result within three days.

Across England there were 2,970 people in hospital with Covid as of July 13, with 470 of them in mechanical ventilation beds. 

These are the rates per area in North Yorkshire: 

Hambleton: 508

Rochmondshire: 439

Harrogate: 416

Scarborough: 390

Craven: 373 

Ryedale: 195


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