UK Politics

Leeds ‘area of concern’ after rise in coronavirus cases – local MP


Leeds is now an "area of concern" after a rise in coronavirus cases, one of the city's MPs Rachel Reeves has said.

Andrew Carter, a local councillor who heads the Conservative group, also told Sky News he was told to expect the move, saying it was "quite right" as there has been a "whiff of complacency".

He complained parts of Leeds have been "left without much testing locally at all" – with one drive-through centre running "way below capacity".

Image: The UK's R rate stands between 0.9 and 1.1

It comes as the virus growth rate rose slightly from being between -2% and 1% to between -1% and 2% per day.

While the UK-wide R number – the average number of people someone with COVID-19 passes it on to – stayed the same at between 0.9 and 1.1.


The "areas of concern" list is published every Friday, revealing how coronavirus is spreading broken down by region.

Last week, Bury was one of the places where cases notably rose – up to 31.6 per 100,000 people.

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But lots of other areas already facing greater restrictions saw cases decreasing, including Pendle, Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen, Manchester, Rochdale and Salford – although they remained at a high level relative to other parts of the country.

That led to the government initially saying it would ease tighter measures in Bolton and Trafford.

But after calls not to by the local councils, ministers U-turned and kept rules the same, meaning residents cannot socialise with other households in their own homes, gardens, pubs or restaurants for the foreseeable future.

Bolton and Corby have been identified by scientists at Imperial College London as the potential next COVID-19 hotspots.

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