THE number of Barnsley residents in hospital with Covid-19 is at its lowest point this year as rates continue to drop across the town.

There are currently only 22 patients in Barnsley Hospital with the virus - none of which are on ventilation beds.

At the start of April there was almost four times more patients with Covid as the number reached a year high of 87 - but just a month later and the figures have dramatically decreased.

There hasn’t been more than one patient on a ventilation bed since the end of March - and there hasn’t been more than two since January 9.

Julia Burrows, the town’s director of public health, told the Chronicle: “It’s great to see that Covid-19 positive cases in the hospital are low.

“The vaccine remains effective, and most people in hospital with Covid-19 are not poorly because of it but are in for other reasons.

“However, we must remember that we are still seeing major disruption in workplaces, services, and schools due to Covid-19 sickness.

“The basic measures of Hands, Face, Space and Ventilation, alongside being fully vaccinated, remain very effective and can keep infections down and protect the most vulnerable.”