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Government to make a loud announcement of lockdown rules in West Yorkshire today

The Government is expected to make an announcement about the lockdown restrictions currently in place in parts of West Yorkshire today.

It is a week since people in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale were told they could not meet other households indoors in an effort to stop rising coronavirus infection rates.

A Government review of the stricter rules, which also banned groups of more than 30 people meeting, was scheduled to take place yesterday.

The results of that review are to be revealed today.

Infection rates in the affected districts have continued to rise since the measures were imposed.

The latest figures, published by the NHS yesterday, put Bradford on 48.5 cases per 100,000 people, over the previous seven days.

That means it has the fifth highest infection rate in England.

Calderdale comes in one place lower with 45.9 cases per 100,000 people – a large jump up from 35.0 the week before).

Kirklees has 24.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a native of Leeds, journalist and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. She is mainly interested in foreign affairs, geopolitics and investigative journalism.

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