Coronavirus in Leeds LIVE: Police warn parents to stop letting teenagers gather in groups

Live news and updates on coronavirus in Leeds on Sunday May 31.

By Grace Newton
Sunday, 31st May 2020, 7:19 am
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 7:22 am
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Coronavirus in Leeds: Saturday, May 30

Last updated: Sunday, 31 May, 2020, 07:12

  • More than 14,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Yorkshire now recorded.
  • Leeds City Council call for more financial help for people isolating under the new ’track and trace’ system who cannot get to work.
  • Friends and family will be able to meet in parks and gardens in socially-distanced groups of six under Boris Johnson's gradual easing of the lockdown for England.
  • The Government has announced that the five tests it set out in order to adjust lockdown restrictions have been met, which has paved the way for schools and some shops to reopen from next week.
  • The National Trust has announced that bookings for a number of gardens and parklands will open on May 29, with the sites open from June 3 only to those who have booked in advance.
  • There are now 1,816 confirmed cases in Leeds

Police warn parents to ensure their children aren't gathering in groups

Police have attended several incidents in which teenagers have been gathering in large groups.

They have warned parents not to drop their kids off at the Old Brickworks in Swillington, a disused quarry where youths have been seen swimming. 

There have also been issues at East Ardsley Reservoir. On Friday a teenage girl had to be rescued and taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the water.

It’s still illegal to gather in groups from more than one household.

There are now 14,183 confirmed coronavirus cases in Yorkshire

Barnsley 959

Bradford 1,310

Calderdale 293

Craven 142

Doncaster 778

East Riding 899

Hambleton 205

Harrogate 300

Hull (Kingston upon Hull) 723

Kirklees 748

Leeds 1,823

North East Lincolnshire 153

North Lincolnshire 511

North Yorkshire (UTLA) n/a

Richmondshire 130

Rotherham 960

Ryedale 79

Scarborough 305

Selby 135

Sheffield 2,532

Wakefield 742

York 456

Daily total 14183

Leeds City Council call for more help for isolating 'track and trace' workers

Leeds City Council wants more sick pay to be given to people made to isolate under the new ’track and trace’ scheme who cannot get to work over fears they may not be able to pay essential bills.

Read more here: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/politics/leeds-council-calls-cash-covid-sufferers-ordered-stay-home-2869304

21 new coronavirus deaths in Leeds

Daily death toll in Leeds rises to highest since lockdown began

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Gatherings of six allowed under new lockdown easing rules

Friends and family will be able to meet in parks and gardens in socially-distanced groups of six under Boris Johnson's gradual easing of the lockdown for England.

The Prime Minister said that all five of his tests to move into the next phase had been met, allowing schools to begin reopening and greater contact to be permitted from Monday.

Mr Johnson on Thursday said people would be able to see "both parents at once, or both grandparents at once" in what he said would be a "long-awaited and joyful moment" for many.

The easing of restrictions begins re-opening the economy, with outdoor retail and car showrooms opening in England from Monday ahead of a greater opening of non-essential shops.

Beningbrough Hall and and Harlow Carr to reopen

The National Trust has announced that bookings for a number of gardens and parklands will open on May 29, with the sites open from June 3 only to those who have booked in advance.

North Yorkshire’s Beningbrough Hall will reopen on June 3.

The Royal Horticultural Society has also announced the opening of its gardens from June 1 for visitors with pre-booked tickets only, with booking opening from 10am on Friday May 29

Harrogate’s Harlow Carr will reopen.

Government's five key tests for easing lockdown met

The Government has announced that the five tests it set out in order to adjust lockdown restrictions have been met, which has paved the way for schools and some shops to reopen from next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement at the Downing Street daily briefing on Thursday, after social-distancing measures were reviewed and advisers updated the Government on how much progress has been made towards meeting the five tests required for the next phase of lockdown easing to begin.

Mr Johnson confirmed that all five tests have been met, adding: "The result is we can moved forward with adjusting the lockdown on Monday."

Here is how we have met each of the five tests.

- Test 1: The NHS has the capacity to provide critical care right across the UK

- Test 2: A sustained and consistent fall in daily deaths from coronavirus

- Test 3: The rate of infection decreased to manageable levels across the board

- Test 4: Operational challenges including testing and PPE are in hand, with supply able to meet future demand

- Test 5: Confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS

77 new coronavirus cases confirmed across Yorkshire

A further 77 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Yorkshire.

The total number of confirmed cases in each local authority area are as follows:

Barnsley - 932

Bradford - 1,294

Calderdale - 291

Craven - 140

Doncaster - 754

East Riding - 897

Hambleton - 201

Harrogate - 292

Hull (Kingston upon Hull) - 715

Kirklees - 745

Leeds - 1,816

North East Lincolnshire - 150

North Lincolnshire - 501

Richmondshire - 129

Rotherham - 947

Ryedale - 79

Scarborough - 305

Selby - 135

Sheffield - 2,523 

Wakefield - 737

York - 449

Boris Johnson to be questioned about top aide Dominic Cummings

Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs over the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday as calls for his key adviser to resign over his travel continue to grow.

The Prime Minister is set to face questions on the decision of his top aide, Dominic Cummings, to travel from London to Durham during the shutdown.

But controversy has been sparked by the fact the PM will only briefly be quizzed on the matter at the Commons Liaison Committee hearing.

The Prime Minister's top adviser remains at the centre of a political storm as more than 30 Tory MPs have called for him to go.

However, senior ministers have expressed public support for Mr Cummings, despite reports a number of Cabinet members have privately called for him to be ousted from No 10.

With the controversy over Mr Cummings raging, it is understood MPs will have a maximum of 20 minutes in a 90-minute session to probe the situation when Mr Johnson appears before the Commons Liaison Committee.

Other aspects of the coronavirus crisis will also be discussed in the 20-minute slot.

Total of 13,956 coronavirus cases confirmed in Yorkshire

A total of 13,956 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Yorkshire.

The number of cases by local authority area are as follows:

Barnsley - 923

Bradford - 1,291

Calderdale - 291

Craven - 140

Doncaster - 746

East Riding - 886

Hambleton - 201

Hull (Kingston upon Hull) - 701

Kirklees - 739

Leeds - 1,809

North East Lincolnshire - 150

Richmondshire - 129

Rotherham - 939

Ryedale - 79

Scarborough - 305

Selby - 135

York - 449

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