YORK currently has the ninth lowest Covid rate in the country, public health leaders say.

The latest rate for York is 15.7 cases per 100,000 people – which works out to around 25 to 30 positive test results a week, says Fiona Phillips from the city’s public health team.

The rate for residents over the age of 60 is even lower, at 12.1 per 100,000.

“We are really seeing the numbers drop,” Ms Phillips told the outbreak management advisory board today.

“That is the lowest rate within the Yorkshire and Humber region. It’s the ninth lowest rate across the country.”

She added that the latest statistics for Covid patients at York Hospital Trust show there were 12 inpatients – nine in general or acute wards and three in ITU.