HEALTH chiefs say Scarborough will remain as a coronavirus area of concern for at least another week.

Last week a "major incident" was declared in North Yorkshire after a "worrying rise" in coronavirus cases in areas across the county, particularly in parts of Scarborough, Craven and the Selby and Harrogate districts.

North Yorkshire’s director of Public Health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, has now warned the borough was likely to remain as a coronavirus Area of Concern for at least another week.

A further eight coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scarborough in the last 24 hours.

The new cases released bring the area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 698 and means there have been 22 new infections since the weekend.

The data includes tests carried out in hospitals and also Pillar 2 tests, which is anyone tested at one of the mobile sites in the borough or sent a test to take at home.

The borough’s seven day rolling average of cases has also started move back up. It now stands at 4.4 per day.