Doncaster’s coronavirus infection rate falls below national average for first time this year

Doncaster’s coronavirus infection rate has fallen below the national averge for the first time this year.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 10:03 am

Doncaster’s director of public health, Dr Rupert Suckling revealed the statistic in his latest public health message, in which he says the borough has seen significant milestones in its response to the disease.

He said: “Firstly, for the majority of the week our hospitals have reported zero cases of COVID-19 being treated. We have also seen, for the first time this year, our case rates drop significantly below the national average, our current figures show our rates are 21.5 per 100,000 (from 23 to 29 May) compared to the England average of 32.5 per 100,000.

“Our vaccination programme has also continued at a pace – with almost 75 per cent of the eligible Doncaster population having received their first dose and just under 50 per cent of Doncaster residents now being fully vaccinated.

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“This is all great news, and I want to thank all of you for continuing to make safe choices in how you enjoy the relaxations of restrictions.

"It has been great to see families enjoying half term activities across the borough (including at our newly opening Danum Gallery and Museum) while being sensible and thinking about hands, face, space and fresh air. I urge everyone to carry on, and let’s try and get our figures even lower ahead of the decisions due around 21st June and step four of the roadmap.

“Please remember the best way to protect yourself and the rest of Doncaster, is to continue with your weekly testing regimes, isolating when you need and getting your vaccination as soon as you can.”

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