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Leeds reports over 400 new coronavirus cases in a week as infection rates skyrocket

Leeds has seen a huge surge in positive coronavirus cases in the week up to September 5, as the infection rate for nearly every part of Yorkshire has risen.

In that week, Leeds recorded the most new cases of the virus with 445 and an increased infection rate of 56.1 per 100,000 people.

Bradford was close behind, recording a further 403 cases with its infection rate soaring from 49.1 to 74.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The figures come as Leeds remains on the national coronavirus watchlist, while in Bradford, lockdown restrictions have eased to allow gyms and sports facilities to reopen across the district.

Leeds has also been warned that if the infection rate does not fall, ‘movement restrictions’ could be put in place.

Hambleton was the only area in Yorkshire to see its infection rate go down, dropping from 13.1 per 100,000 people to 7.6 – with seven new cases recorded in the week up to September 5.

The sharpest increase was seen in Selby, which now has an infection rate of 38.6 per 100,000 people – up from 8.8 the previous week.

Scarborough has also seen a sharp increase, with the rate now 30.3 per 100,000 people compared to 3.7 the previous week.

Sheffield recorded 183 new cases in that time, followed by Kirklees which recorded 179.

However, despite Yorkshire’s infection rates soaring the region has recorded no coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals for the last two days.

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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