The city’s councillors said that the infection rates had risen to 29.4 cases (per 100,000) people and deemed ‘unacceptable.’
Breaking news: City of Leeds to go into emergency lockdown: Council leader Judith Blake said it was “a pivotal moment in our efforts to control the spread of the virus. Nobody wants to see further restrictions on life in Leeds. The harsh reality is that if our infection rate continues to rise as it has been, we will be left with no alternative.”
Ms Blake said: “This is a rise in all different wards across the city. Particularly in young adults of all communities. September is a critical time, we have our schools going back and then we have significant numbers of students traveling from all over the country and beyond to come back to our universities.”
The government are to release a statement shortly.
Much of the north-west of England has been in lockdown including Bolton and other areas of Greater Manchester.
Breaking news: City of Leeds to go into emergency lockdown ‘ASAP’ after sharp rise in Covid cases
Restrictions include non-essential shops being closed as well as bars and restaurants and leisure activities cancelled.
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