Coronavirus in Leeds: Social distancing here to stay warn scientists as pubs and bars close

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By Alex Evans
Saturday, 21st March 2020, 8:48 am
Updated Saturday, 21st March 2020, 8:50 am

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Coronavirus in Leeds

Coronavirus in Leeds: Scientists warn social distancing here to stay

Last updated: Saturday, 21 March, 2020, 08:30

  • 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Leeds
  • 3,269 test positive across UK, 144 deaths
  • Government publishes list of 'key workers'
  • Chancellor plans fresh measures for workers

Pubs and bars shut from today

 Tens of thousands of pubs, bars, theatres and restaurants across the country are staying shut as the Government battles to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Boris Johnson ordered the dramatic closing down of the hospitality and entertainment sectors amid fears the NHS will be overwhelmed unless the Covid-19 outbreak is checked. With scientists warning "social distancing" measures will have to stay in place for months to come, cinemas, nightclubs, gyms and betting shops were left wondering they would be able to open their doors again.

Leeds food success story Bundobust is closing its restaurants until further notice

First Bus will operate a Saturday timetable across Leeds from Monday 23

Chancellor to unveil more help for workers

The Chancellor is to unveil an emergency package aimed at protecting workers' jobs and wages as they face hardship in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Rishi Sunak has been under pressure from Labour, unions and even senior Tory MPs to do more to help workers and the stalling economy weather the crisis. 

He will reveal new measures on Friday at the daily Covid-19 press conference in Downing Street, where he is expected to be joined by Boris Johnson. 

The Prime Minister said he expects the tide to be turned in the fight within 12 weeks, as he urged the public to follow social distancing advice and for businesses to "stand by your employees". 

Confused about whether your child can go to school? Read the full list of who qualifies as a 'key worker' below

We'll be bringing you all the latest breaking news and updates from across Leeds and the country on the day schools close in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

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