Coronavirus in Leeds LIVE: Confirmed cases of Covid-19 rises to almost 800

Live updates on the coronavirus in Leeds and across the UK as confirmed Covid-19 cases rises to seven in Leeds.

By Joe Cooper
Friday, 13th March 2020, 7:17 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 2:13 pm

All the latest updates as UK government moves to 'delay' phase of tackling the spread of coronavirus.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is shown the testing of samples for respiratory viruses by Dr Antony Hale (left) during a visit to the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary (Photo: Danny Lawson / PA Wire).

Coronavirus in Leeds LIVE: Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in UK rises to almost 800

Last updated: Friday, 13 March, 2020, 13:24

  • St Patrick's Day Parade is now CANCELLED
  • Leeds United's season is suspended as EFL issue statement
  • Seven people in Leeds have tested positive for coronavirus
  • UK moves to 'delay' phase as PM warns up to 10,000 across country may be infected
  • Ten dead across UK

We'll bring you all the latest breaking news from across the city, including the latest updates on the coronavirus.

A recap on the situation in Leeds

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 rose from five to seven in Leeds yesterday (Thursday)

A total of 590 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, up from 456 at the same point on Wednesday, with 44 confirmed cases in Yorkshire and the North East.  

Yesterday's rise in confirmed cases in the UK was the largest day-on-day increase since the outbreak began

Leeds Teaching Hospitals has previously reassured patients that measures have been introduced to protect patients and staff while also ensuring services are available to the public "as normal."

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"Safety is absolutely paramount at this time. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, must now stay at home for seven days. "

The latest advice as UK enters 'delay' phase

The new guidance means anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, must stay at home for seven days.

While the measures are not as extreme as other countries like Italy and the Republic of Ireland, officials have warned the current approach could change as the disease - the risk rating for which has been raised to high - becomes more widespread.

Boris Johnson told reporters at a press conference in Downing Street: "We've all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.

"It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time."

School trips abroad should be stopped, people over 70 with serious medical conditions are being told not to go on cruises and officials warned the advice is likely to develop to mean that if someone becomes ill, their entire household could be told to self-isolate.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a coronavirus press conference

Some key developments from overnight

- The number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the UK rose to 596 while the death toll is 10.

- Philip Jansen, chief executive of BT Group, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, becoming the first publicly confirmed case of a FTSE 100 chief executive.

- The Premier League announced it would hold an emergency club meeting on Friday morning regarding future fixtures after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. It was later confirmed Arsenal and Brighton's match set for Saturday has been postponed.

- The FTSE 100 closed the day down by more than one 10th as fears over Covid-19 sparked the index's worst bloodbath since 1987.

- The World Health Organisation said it was "deeply concerned" some countries are not handling the pandemic with "the level of political commitment needed to control it".

- The Electoral Commission recommended local elections in May be postponed.

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