LiveCovid in Leeds: Live updates as Boris Johnson holds press conference on June 21 lockdown easing

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Monday, 14th June 2021, 5:48 pm
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Boris Johnson is holding a televised Downing Street press conference at 6pm, where he is expected to announce a delay to the final lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce that the road map easing earmarked for June 21 will be delayed for four weeks to July 19.

He will be accompanied at the briefing by England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

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Leeds news LIVE: Treatment offers new lifeline for people who get most ill from Covid-19

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2021, 21:24

No new Covid deaths have been recorded at Leeds hospitals according to the latest daily update.

Figures released by NHS England show three deaths were recorded in the country’s hospitals in the 24 hours to 4pm on Tuesday, June 15.

The deaths were recorded between June 13 and June 15.

According to the latest Government figures, 246 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Leeds on Wednesday, June 16.

There were 1,179 cases confirmed in the seven days to June 11, meaning Leeds has an infection rate of 148.6 per 100,000 people.

This is an increase of 93.3 per cent on the previous seven-day period.

If you’re catching up on today’s news, here are some of our latest stories this lunchtime:

Leeds-born Gabby Logan pens emotive message about death of her brother Daniel in wake of Christian Eriksen's collapse

Leeds-born presenter Gabby Logan has penned an emotional message about her brother Daniel, who died aged 15, following the collapse of Christian Eriksen during a Euro 2020 match.

Jealous Leeds dad set fire to ex partner's fashion collection during 'venomous' rage after she ended their relationship

A jealous dad set fire to his ex-partner's entire collection of clothing in a 'venomous' rage after she ended their relationship.

Why a deaf Leeds woman is bringing a High Court challenge against the Government

A deaf woman from Leeds has begun a High Court challenge after complaining about a lack of British Sign Language interpreters at Government Covid briefings.

The Leeds areas with the highest Covid case rates as June 21 unlocking date delayed to July 19

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an extension to England’s Covid restrictions with the remaining rules now expected to be lifted on July 19.

A belting opener and stand-out month as fixtures are released but Leeds United have been here before

THERE were not many sobering low points upon Leeds United’s brilliant Premier League return and ninth-placed finish.

Police hunting wanted man issue appeal for public’s help

Police searching for a burglar wanted on recall from prison believe is in Leeds or Bradford.

They say numerous enquiries have been made to locate 24-year-old Michael Craggs, who is described as being about six feet tall and of stocky, athletic build.

Police search for burglar wanted on recall from prison believed to be in Leeds

Police are searching for a burglar wanted on recall from prison - who is believed to be in either Leeds or Bradford.

Lane closed on M62 at Tingley due to crash

These are the latest stories on the Yorkshire Evening Post this morning:

Parents of girl, 12, who died in Leeds Ring Road tragedy welcome schools road safety campaign

The parents of a 12-year-old girl who died after being struck by  a car on Leeds Ring Road have welcomed a new initiative being launched in schools today  to educate children about road safety.

West Yorkshire councillor 'haunted' by arson attack after gang torched car parked outside his home

A councillor says he continues to fear for his life after an arsonist torched his car on his driveway while he slept.

Drug dealer threw heroin and crack cocaine from window of his house during armed police swoop

A drug dealer threw wraps of heroin and crack cocaine from the window of his home when armed police executed a warrant at the property in Leeds.

John 'Kooler Bar' ice cream man's funeral cortege to travel down part of old ice cream route

The funeral cortege for Leeds ice cream man 'Kooler Bar' will travel down part of his old ice cream route.

Family of Jo Cox pays tribute five years after her murder

The family of MP Jo Cox is marking the fifth anniversary of her murder by saying they remain optimistic about a future where people recognise the things “we have in common”.

The country was rocked when the 41-year-old Labour MP was shot and stabbed in her constituency by a far-right supporter on June 16 2016.

Her sister Kim Leadbeater is standing as a Labour candidate in the Batley and Spen by-election, the constituency Ms Cox represented, but will suspend campaigning on the anniversary of her murder.

A statement on behalf of the whole family said: “We all miss Jo every day.

“Her energy, warmth, passion, humour and love.

“She looked for and believed in the best of people and the best of our country, for what unites us, rather than where we disagree.

“We remain optimistic that her vision of a country where we are better at recognising what we have in common is gradually getting closer.

“Though our family has been devastated by our loss, we still feel Jo’s love as a mum, wife, daughter, sister and auntie every single day of our lives.“

The Jo Cox Foundation was set up after her murder and campaigns under the banner “More in Common” with the aim of bringing people together, and also campaigns abuse and intimidation of people in public life.

Treatment offers new lifeline for people who get most ill from Covid-19

People who get the most ill from Covid-19 could be offered a new lifeline with the first antiviral drug shown to save lives in patients admitted to hospital, researchers have said.

The Recovery trial demonstrated that the antibody combination developed by Regeneron reduced the risk of death when given to patients with severe Covid-19, who had not mounted a natural antibody response of their own.

The chances of these patients needing to be put on a ventilator were also reduced, as was the duration of their hospital stay.

Between September 18 2020 and May 22 this year, 9,785 UK patients admitted to hospital with the disease were randomly allocated to receive usual care plus the antibody combination treatment, or usual care alone.

Of these, about one third were seronegative, meaning they had no natural antibody response of their own, and half were seropositive, meaning they had already developed natural antibodies against the virus.

For one sixth of those involved in the study, their serostatus was unknown.

Researchers found that among patients who received usual care alone, 28-day mortality was twice as high in those without an antibody response (30%) compared with those who were seropositive (15%) at the start of the study.

According to the study, for patients who had no antibody response the treatment reduced the chance of them dying within 28 days by a fifth, compared with usual care alone.

For every 100 such patients treated with the antibody combination, there would be six fewer deaths, researchers say.

Sir Martin Landray, professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, and joint chief investigator, said: “What we found was amongst these patients who were seronegative – they hadn’t raised antibodies of their own, if you then gave them this combination of two antibodies in an intravenous infusion, then mortality was reduced by one fifth.

“So instead of 30% dying, 24% died. So if you think of it differently, for every 100 patients who were given the intravenous infusion, we would save six lives.”

He added: “Take a group of people, they’re sick, they go into hospital, they’ve got Covid, they haven’t got antibodies of their own, (this) will reduce their chance of dying, shorten their hospital stay, and reduce the chances of needing a ventilator.

“So this is in some ways a first. This is an antiviral treatment that is used later on – because these patients are severe, they’ve gone into hospital – and has a demonstrated clear impact on survival, and on those other outcomes.

“So in its own right, it’s an important result because these patients are among the sickest patients, and here we now have a treatment we did not have before.”

For the seronegative patients given the treatment, the duration of hospital stay was four days shorter than the usual care group, and the proportion of patients discharged alive by day 28 was greater (64% vs 58%).

The treatment made no difference in patients who had mounted their own antibody response by the time the study started, researchers found.

Sir Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, and joint chief investigator for the Recovery trial, said: “These results are very exciting.

“The hope was that by giving a combination of antibodies targeting the Sars-CoV-2 virus we would be able to reduce the worst manifestations of Covid-19.

“There was, however, great uncertainty about the value of antiviral therapies in late-stage Covid-19 disease.

“It is wonderful to learn that even in advanced Covid-19 disease, targeting the virus can reduce mortality in patients who have failed to mount an antibody response of their own.”

Researchers say they are not sure when the treatment will be approved for use in the UK, and highlight it will not be a quick rollout as the drug is not particularly easy to get hold of, and patients would need antibody testing on their admission to hospital – which is not currently in place.

The study will be published as a pre-print on medRxiv and submitted to a journal for peer-review.

The treatment uses a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab, known as REGEN-COV in the US) that bind specifically to two different sites on the coronavirus spike protein, neutralising the ability of the virus to infect cells.

Previous studies in patients in the community showed that the treatment reduced viral load, shortened the time to resolution of symptoms, and significantly reduced the risk of being admitted to hospital or death.

Today’s YEP front page:

This is the Yorkshire Evening Post front page today (Weds 16): "Legal red light zone scrapped"

It also remembers Jo Cox, five years on from her death, and looks at the changes from the Leeds United redevelopment plans.

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What does four-week restriction easing delay from June 21 to July 19 mean for Leeds?

Here are the rules in full:

What does four-week restriction easing delay mean for Leeds? - rules in full

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-week delay to ending Covid restrictions at a Downing Street press conference this evening (Monday).

Giving over-18s dose by July 19 could reduce spread of virus

Sir Patrick Vallance suggested giving over-18s a single dose by July 19 would reduce spread.

“The single dose will put up another barrier to spread amongst the age group most likely to spread because they have more social contact,” the chief scientific adviser said.

The combination of jabs for the over-18s and two doses for the over-40s would offer a level of “double protection that should be in place over the next few weeks”.

The NHS could “run into trouble” if hospital admissions keep rising - Professor Chris Whitty

The NHS could “run into trouble” if the number of people being admitted to hospital with Covid continues on an “exponential path”, England’s chief medical officer has warned.

Presenting data on the Government’s four tests for lifting coronavirus restrictions, Professor Chris Whitty said rates of hospitalisation are low in all parts of the country, but there was a “rapid rise” particularly in the North West with the rest of England following.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, he said these numbers are “still relatively modest compared to the capacity of the NHS”, adding: “But several doubling times, a relatively small number of doubling times and you start getting to really quite large numbers.” Prof Whitty said Covid-19 cases were increasing across the country, adding the link between people being admitted to hospital had been “substantially weakened” but “it has not been completely stopped”.

He said the rates of people being admitted to hospital were following a rise in cases but with a delay.

Prof Whitty added: “So although we don’t think an immediate overwhelming of the NHS is likely, if this continues on an exponential path, and in particular if that then accelerated further due to further loosening, then we would run into trouble in a relatively small number of doubling times.”

Frustration for Leeds culture venues forced to cancel live performances

Frustration for Leeds culture venues forced to cancel live performances as thousands attend sporting events

It's been a long and difficult year and a half for owners of live music and performance venues across Leeds who have had to cancel, rearrange and delay a multitude of events.

Leeds reaction: Nightclubs ‘at back of queue’ says Leeds nightclub manager

Gavin McQueen, general manager of PRYZM Leeds said the nighttime sector is “at the back of the queue” as he calls for extra financial support following Boris Johnson’s announcement.

“It’s a huge blow, both psychologically and financially,” Gavin told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Read the full story here.

Leeds Chamber of Commerce president reacts to PM’s announcement

Amanda Beresford, Leeds Chamber President, has given some initial reaction to this evening’s announcement.

She said: “There needs to be appropriate support measures available to those sectors and their supply chains still affected.

“Certain sectors of the economy continue to be severely damaged by lockdown, possibly long-term, and all areas of business and industry need to be back up-and-running as soon as possible.

“That said, we understand the difficulties caused by the different emerging variants of the pandemic and the difficult balance between protecting health and supporting the economy.”

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