BARNSLEY’S most recent rate of positive coronavirus tests is on the rise as rates surpassed 200 for the first time since November.

As of December 24 the rate per 100,000 was at 202.9.

A total of 547 deaths have been registered in the town within 28 days of a positive test, with 89 people in the town dying just this month.

As of December 1 there were 456 deaths within 28 days of a positive test and as of December 28 the figure is now 547 - eight people died on December 22 making it the deadliest day this month.

The town retained its tier three status on Wednesday, despite fears the rise would result in ministers opting for tier four restrictions.