662 more coronavirus cases are diagnosed across the East Riding after changes to reporting methods

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in the East Riding jumped by 662 in just one day after tests undertaken by commercial companies were included in official figures.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 3:14 pm
The rate of infection in the East Riding now stands at 479 cases per 100,000 people. Photo: PA Images

Public Health England figures show that 1,628 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday (July 2) in the East Riding – up from 966 the same time on Wednesday, July 1.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government’s mass testing programme.

The rate of infection in the East Riding now stands at 479 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 436.

PHE has also made changes to its reporting methods, to remove any cases that may have been counted more than once.

The change means the total number of positive cases across England on Wednesday fell by 29,726, to 283,757.

The East Riding’s cases were among the 28,892 recorded across Yorkshire and The Humber, a figure which rose by 13,526 over the 24-hour period. Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

As of 5pm on Wednesday, July 1, 43,995 people had died from coronavirus across the UK.