BARNSLEY Hospital’s intensive care unit remains ‘under pressure’ - but the number of patients testing positive for Covid-19 is on a downward trend.

Numbers being treated remain higher than last April’s first wave, with approximately half of all intensive care patients Covid-positive.

The town’s overall infection rate remains high, being almost three times the national average of 41 cases per 100,000 people, but positives have been noted by bosses.

Chairman Trevor Lake said: “Positive cases are on the downward trajectory and we are seeing lower numbers, so it’s reassuring for the public and other interested hospital partners.”