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COVID-19 cases in Calderdale up 4% in a week

Calderdale is the 7th worst affected upper tier authority.

The number of cases of people in Calderdale with COVID-19 show a four per cent increase on the previous week, NHS Digital figures released on Tuesday showed.

The statistics for the period July 19 to 25 show Calderdale as the seventh worst affected upper tier authority, with a case rate of 24.3 people per 100,000 having coronavirus.

The figure was a four per cent increase on the previous week, although there was a seven per cent reduction in triages – calls made to the NHS outlets by people who believe they may have COVID-19.

Statistics are updated through the week but the figure is a reduction but broadly similar to the council’s own data showing between July 9 and 15 a figure of 25.2 positive cases per 100,000.

Calderdale’s Director of Public Health, Deborah Harkins, said the measures in place to help reduce cases would take some time to show an impact.

“We know that the efforts we all took together at the start of the pandemic helped to keep the infection rate low in Calderdale, and we are grateful for the sacrifices that people made and for their adherence to restrictions to protect each other.

“We have only seen an increase in the local infection rate since restrictions started to ease.

“Together we can all play our part to reduce the spread, and we continue to step up measures such as testing locally,” she said.

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