THE number of patients with Covid-19 in Barnsley Hospital has dropped since the start of the month.

At the beginning of March there were 73 people in the hospital with the virus - there are now 55.

There are no patients on mechanical ventilation beds.

However, Barnsley’s Covid infection rate is continuing to rocket with more than a 60 per cent increase in the last seven-day period.

The town’s infection rate is 505.5 per 100,000 residents - at the start of March it was less than 200.

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More than 1,400 people have tested positive for Covid in the last week, bringing the overall total to 83,409.