This week there is clear evidence of a slow-down in death rates from coronavirus. The combined daily toll in all our region's hospitals has not risen above 20 .

After the first fatality was recorded at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust on March 15 the figures have climbed - the peak was on April 16 when 94 deaths were recorded on one day.

Since Monday 12 of our region's 16 major hospital trusts have recorded five or less deaths.

As the death toll slows, it is worth reporting that there has been 612 more cases in the last seven days, taking the total to 16,429 - that is the the total number of those who have survived and died.

  • Leeds has the highest number of recorded deaths in its hospitals at 302, followed by Mid Yorkshire on 281. Leeds though has not reported a single death from Covid-19 this week, with Mid Yorks reporting five.

  • The lowest number of fatalities in our region is Harrogate Hospital, with 64.

  • Sheffield has recorded the highest number with more than 2,500 - 15% of the entire region's cases.

  • The lowest number of cases reported in the region is Mansfield, on 128.