The number of coronavirus cases in Leeds has been rising since the end of July across the city and among a range of social groups. Leeds has now been named an “area of concern” by the Government with an infection rate of just over 30 cases per 100,000 people.
That’s a significant rise and puts Leeds in the top 20 areas in the country. The cases are spread widely across the city and are not confined to any specific area. Being named as an area of concern does not mean any extra local restrictions on movement, but there is a risk that could happen if the infection rate continues to rise.
Public Health England and Leeds City Council are closely monitoring the situation. They are taking targeted action to try to cut the number of cases, including measures such as additional testing for the virus in care homes and the local community. The council is also working with NHS Test and Trace colleagues on additional measures that can be taken. These are likely to include more mobile testing units in the city and a door-to-door campaign in areas with high number of cases, as well as work with bars, restaurants and other venues to stress the importance of following Test and Trace guidelines.
The council will continue to work with West Yorkshire Police and community groups to discourage gatherings and house parties which increase the rise of the virus spreading. The council has also produced communication resources and videos that have been translated into several languages to support the keep safe messages.
It’s more important than ever that we all regularly wash our hands and that people with symptoms get tested and self isolate if their test results are positive. You can book an appointment by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or you can call 119. Please stay safe and do observe the guidelines on social distancing.