Here are the Leeds areas with the highest Covid infection rates (Photo: Gov.UK)

Covid in Leeds: The areas with the highest infection rates as Government confirms booster jabs for vulnerable

The Government has been urged to “get on” with a coronavirus booster programme rather than waiting for advice from vaccine experts.

By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12:55 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12:56 pm

Millions of people with severely weakened immune systems will be offered a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but the mass rollout is still on hold.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is yet to provide a recommendation on boosters.

The committee’s deputy chairman Professor Anthony Harnden said this week that it is “highly likely” there will be a booster mass rollout, but a final decision has not been made.

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned that just a few days in a pandemic can make “a big difference”, as he urged politicians to go ahead rather than waiting for the JCVI advice.

It comes as the latest Government figures show that coronavirus cases are falling across Leeds.

The city recorded an infection rate of 340.8 new cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 28 - down 4.8 per cent from the previous week.

But some Leeds neighbourhoods have much higher rates than the city's average. Here we reveal the Leeds areas with the highest infection rates.

The figures for the seven days to August 28 are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two). The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people. Images are for illustrative purposes only.

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