Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - Tuesday 18 August

General update

In the last seven days, there have been approximately 2 million new cases reported globally, taking the total to nearly 22 million.

COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.

The situation across Europe remains dynamic. Late on Thursday, the UK government announced arrivals from France, the Netherlands and Malta would have to quarantine.

There were around 160,000 Britons on holiday in France, as well as 300,000 French people who live in the UK on holiday in France or elsewhere when the announcement was made.

A helpful source of global surveillance of COVID-19 includes Our World in Data from the University of Oxford and Global Change Data Lab.

The UK continues to see high rates of testing. Daily capacity for new tests across the UK is around 330,000, and to date, there have been more than 14.5 million tests completed. The highest rates of testing are in the areas of intervention, enhanced support or concern.

There have been more than 318,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) so far in the UK, and more than 41,000 people have died.

Recently the daily number of new cases has increased to a seven day average of around 1,100 cases, nearly double the average seen early in July but well below the peak in April and May. The number of COVID-19 related deaths continues to fall.

A helpful overview of COVID-19 in England can be found in the weekly report and summary report from Public Health England.

Barnsley update

Graph showing positive COVID-19 cases in Barnsley - 18 August 2020

The latest figures show that there have been a total of 2,088 cases in Barnsley since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The most recent daily number reported was six new cases.

Over the last week, the rate of new cases in Barnsley has increased but remains low. The most recent seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 population in Barnsley was 20.4, which is slightly higher than the average across the Yorkshire and Humber region of 19.1.

The rise in new cases is concerning, and we must continue to monitor new cases to understand trends and work together to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent local outbreaks. Barnsley does not feature in this week’s list of Local Authority Watchlist areas and is not an area of concern.

My previous message, from Friday 14th August, can be found here.

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