In less than a month, the Covid infection rate in Leeds has soared by more than 500%.
Leeds City Council CEO Tom Riordan tweeted an infection rate update on May 31 which showed the rate in the city was “stable” at 35.7 per 100,000 population.
But, less than a month later, on July 24, Mr Riordan tweeted that the Covid rate in Leeds was 229.2 per 100,000 people and urged people to keep doing their part to stay safe .
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In just 25 days, this shows that the infection rate in Leeds has skyrocketed by 542%.
In his tweet yesterday, Mr Riordan said: “Leeds Covid rates up to 229.2 per 100,000 versus 220.9 positivity at 7.4%, over 60s at 34.8.
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“Hospitalizations are low but increasing slightly and deaths are on average 2 per week. Please do your part by meeting outdoors, keeping your distance, following the rule of 6 indoors, wearing masks when advised, and taking the vaccine. “
The UK’s current infection rate – which takes into account data from the past seven days – is 100.8 per 100,000 people, which means Leeds’s rate is 127% above the UK average.
In England, the rate for the last seven days is 101.5 per 100,000 population.
In the week leading up to June 19, the latest date available on Public Health England’s Covid map, Leeds recorded 1,818 new cases of coronavirus.
City Council has confirmed that there will be improved testing in Leeds neighborhoods to deal with the growing number of cases across the city.
Contextual testing sites popped up in Hyde Park, Headingley, Little London and Woodhouse earlier this week, offering walk-in PCR testing.
Councilor Salma Arif, Executive Member of Leeds City Council for Public Health and Active Lifestyles, said: “With this improved testing program, we are using all the tools at our disposal to try and reverse the trend. the rise in cases in these two areas, cannot do it alone.
“We know that with the euros and the recent sun, it’s an exciting time to get out and about for all of those who have missed seeing their friends and loved ones. But we need people living in Headingley and Hyde Park and Little London and Woodhouse to work with us, take a test and help us identify where these COVID cases are located so we can together stop the spread and ensure Leeds can continue to enjoy a safe summer.
“In doing so, they will protect not only themselves and their loved ones, but also those living in their communities who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of this terrible virus.”