A further 35 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Hull and the East Riding, according to the latest figures.
Data from Public Health England shows there are now at 259 cases in East Yorkshire with 85 in Hull rising by 11 from Thursday and 174 in the East Riding – which is 24 more.
The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus across the UK now stands at 70,272, according to Public Health England. There are now 58,817 in England which is a daily rise of 8,114.
The Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust announced earlier today that two more people from our region had died from Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 22.
There have been 8,958 deaths across the UK in total and Friday saw a rise of 980.
During the daily briefing, Health Secretary Mat Hancock said testing for the virus was being ramped up.
Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the situation remains “dangerous” but says the figures are in line with what has happened in other countries.
Earlier this week Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, outlined its plans to respond to the expected increase in Covid-19 positive patients requiring hospital care.
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The increase is expected this Easter weekend and the surge plan will see specialist wards created, critical care capacity tripled and staff retrained and redeployed to bolster areas in need of support, such as critical care and respiratory medicine.