Barnsley currently has the highest Covid-19 death rate in the UK, according to recent data.
The government’s coronavirus dashboard shows deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test, for every local authority in the UK.
And Barnsley ‘s is currently the highest, with a rate of 245.5 per 100,000 people.
The town has recorded 606 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test, since the start of the pandemic.
Many parts of the UK have death rates in the tens or hundreds, but Barnsley and other parts of South Yorkshire have death rates in the two-hundreds.
Doncaster has a death rate of 214.5 per 100,000 people and has recorded a total of 669 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test, while Rotherham has a rate of 224.9 per 100,000 people and has recorded 597 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
But Sheffield ‘s death rate is much lower, with 143.1 per 100,000 people, though the city has recorded 837 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, since the start of the pandemic.
This comes as the director of a hospital trust in South Yorkshire has warned that the worst of the Covid pandemic is “still to come”.
Dr Jennifer Hill, medical director (operations) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust issued the warning as she revealed that hospitals in Sheffield have 340 patients with Covid-19.
Yesterday, the Trust exceeded the number of patients that it had during the first and second wave – a stark reminder that our health service could very easily be exhausted.
“It has never been more important for everyone to really stick to the new lockdown rules and in particular only to come into contact with people outside their household if absolutely essential”, Dr Hill said.
She added: “By not mixing with each other we can avoid transmitting this awful virus.”