Rate of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Doncaster rises but is below national average

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 has risen in Doncaster according to the latest figures - but the town’s rate sits below the national average.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 6:28 pm
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 7:14 pm
Coronavirus testing site

The ‘positivity rate’ - which shows the percentage of people tested that week returned at least one positive result, with any duplicates removed - for the town rose to 1.1 per cent for the week ending June 2, up from 1.0 per cent the previous week.

Latest results see the council area ranked joint 120th in the country and below the national average of 1.5 per cent, which rose from 0.9 per cent the previous week.

Of the South Yorkshire areas, only Barnsley (1.7 per cent) is above the national average with Rotherham (1.3) and Sheffield (1.2) sitting below.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Yorkshire as a whole has delivered the second highest positivity rate of the key areas in the country with 1.9 per cent, with the likes of Kirklees (3.3), Bradford (3.2) and Leeds (2.7) upping the overall rate.

Such figures are under close scrutiny with the scheduled lifting of lockdown restrictions on June 21 rapidly approaching.

All 13 areas were in the North West. One area – Blackburn with Darwen – was more than double the threshold, while Rossendale and Bolton were approaching double.


In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.