Residents in Yorkshire’s capital have been warned they could face further coronavirus restrictions despite avoiding a local lockdown this week.
Leeds was escalated to an ‘area of enhanced support’ yesterday (Friday) after the infection rate in the city nearly doubled in the space of a week.
Enhanced support status means that Leeds City Council and its partners will work with government on ways to bring down rates of infection, with extra national support and resources including extra testing.
Last night, it was revealed that Leeds had recorded the most newly-diagnosed coronavirus cases across the region in the past 24 hours.
More than 378 cases were recorded across Yorkshire and Leeds had 83 new cases, followed by 61 cases recorded in Bradford and 59 in Sheffield.
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “People in Leeds aren’t facing further restrictions this week but this continued rise in rates is still of great concern. I’d like to thank everyone who is taking this very worrying situation seriously, and we must remain vigilant.”
She added: “We really need everyone to pull together to help us get these rates down and stem the tide. What we all do now will make a direct impact on whether we’re able to bring this terrible virus back under control.
“It will also directly affect decisions as to whether Leeds is considered as an area that may need further restrictions later this month. If levels continue to go up as they are doing this is a real possibility.”
Victoria Eaton, Director of Public Health for Leeds, added: “I would ask everyone to remind themselves about the safety guidelines on social distancing, handwashing and meeting other people and consider whether they’re still observing them as they’re going about their daily lives.
“These might appear to be small contributions as an individual, but if we all do this it will be the single biggest thing we can do to control the rising rates. How we all manage our personal hygiene and behave around other people is the only preventative measure we currently have.”