Yorkshire hospitals recorded more Covid-19 deaths in past 24 hours than any day in last seven weeks

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Hospitals in Yorkshire have recorded more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours than any other day in the past seven weeks.

Sixty-eight more patients lost their lives to the killer virus - the highest daily toll since November 20, when 75 deaths were recorded in 24 hours in Yorkshire.

It takes the total number of people to have died from the virus in Yorkshire's hospitals to 5,733.

Meanwhile, almost 2,000 new cases of the virus have been identified in the county and infection rates have risen in all but three areas.

Scarborough, Ryedale and Barnsley had lower rates on January 8 - the latest available date - compared to the previous week.

1,953 new cases of coronavirus in Yorkshire

There have been a further 1,953 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Yorkshire in the past 24 hours.

The latest data from Public Health England showed Leeds had recorded the most new cases, with 301 but sharp rises were also seen in North Yorkshire (258), Bradford (222) and Sheffield (210).

Latest new Covid-19 cases in Yorkshire:

Leeds was 45,668 now 45,969 (301)

Wakefield was now 17,837 now 17,944 (107)

North Yorkshire was 21,445 now 21,703 (258)

Sheffield was 32,297 now 32,507 (210)

Barnsley was 13,476 now 13,546 (70)

Bradford was 35,844 now 36,066 (222)

Calderdale was 10,676 now 10,739 (63)

Rotherham was 14,900 now 14,985 (85)

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