The Covid death toll continues to rise at York Hospitals Trust.

There have been two more deaths at the Trust, according to the latest figures from NHS England - bringing the total of Covid-related deaths at York and Scarborough hospitals since the pandemic began to 271.

While hospital deaths continue to rise, however, the number of new cases in the city itself continues to fall.

In the last seven days there have been 323 new Covid cases in York. That is down by 68 per cent, or more than 17 per cent, on the previous week. The rate of infection in the city, at 153.4 per 100,000 of the population, is well below the average for England, at 251.5 per 100,000.

North Yorkshire is also seeing a fall in new cases. There were 1,597 new cases in the last seven days - down by 341, or almost 18 per cent, on the week before. The North Yorlshire infection rate of 258.4/ 100,000 remains well above York, however. 

Scarborough remains the hardest-hit area of North Yorkshire. There were 439 new cases over the last week, giving an infection rate of 403.7/ 100,000.

Ryedale had just 99 new cases over the last seven days, giving an infection rate of 178.8, while Selby saw 273 new cases, with a rate of 301.3. 

Hambleton had 172 new cases over the last seven days, and Harrogate 356.

The East Riding of Yorklshire saw 1,300 new cases over the last week. That was, however, a big drop on the previous seven days - with the number of new cases down by 367, or 22 per cent. The infection rate in the county now stands at 381/ 100,000.

You can check out the number of new cases in your area using the interactive map here

York Press:

Colour-coded map showing Covid infection rates in York and North and East Yorkshire. Pale blue is the lowest rate of infection, followed by dark blue and then purple. Image: Gov.UK