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.

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, 20:53

  • 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

Leeds United's season suspended - full story online soon

Leeds United statement:

The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.

Full story as all football is suspended until April

Olivia Blake - Sheffield Hallam MP and daughter of Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake - "suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus"

St Patrick's Day Parade still going ahead

Leeds City Council has confirmed that both the St Patrick's Day Parade and event on Millennium Square are still planned to go ahead as normal this Sunday

The council say it is very closely following government advice, which includes guidance in terms of large scale events and gatherings

The director of public health for Leeds answers your questions about coronavirus

The latest update from the Department of Health

A total of 798 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Friday, up from 590 at the same point on Thursday, the Department of Health said. 

The figure is a rise of 208 cases from the same point on Thursday - the largest day-on-day increase yet. 

Coronavirus testing in Leeds: if and where to get tested

Coronavirus cases in the UK are continuing to rise, but what is the current advice for what to do if you think you have the virus, and can you get tested for it in Leeds?

This is everything you need to know about coronavirus testing 

Local elections to be postponed

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed the May 7 elections because of the coronavirus outbreak.

A Government spokeswoman said: "We will bring forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections until May next year.

"We will also work with the devolved administrations to ensure that they have the necessary powers to do the same."More as we have it.

St Patrick's Day Parade is now CANCELLED

30 people now infected in Yorkshire

A total of 30 people in Yorkshire have tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Friday, officials have confirmed.  

It's a rise of three cases from the same point on Thursday.

One new case has been confirmed in York, one in Bradford and the first case in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  

There have been no new cases confirmed in Leeds.  

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