Leeds daily Covid infection rate 'high' relative to others due to mix of factors

The daily infection rate in Leeds has been branded as 'high' relative to other areas due to a mix of differing factors.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 2:28 pm
A person is tested for coronavirus in Leeds (photo: PA Wire/ Danny Lawson)

The coronavirus cases across the city are said to be higher than in other places due to demographics, the number of key workers and prison outbreaks, among other factors.

The CEO of Leeds Council Tom Riordan tweeted the comparison in his daily update of Leeds's Covid infection rate.

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While the latest recorded case rate was a decrease from 119.8 cases per 100,000 people to 110.7 cases per 100,000 people - Mr Riordan said that the city's rate is still 'high'.

He added that the decrease was 'good news' but pleaded with residents to observe the rules of six and two households outdoors, while keeping distance and taking the vaccine when called.

Mr Riordan tweeted on Saturday: "Leeds case rate down to 110.7 per 100k people (from 119.8).

"Good news but rates high relative to others due to mix of factors (demographics, no of key workers, prison outbreaks, etc) so please observe rule of 6/two households outdoors, keep your distance & take vaccine when called."

The daily Covid rate in Leeds has shown a percentage increase from the seven days prior since March 21.

The current rate of 110.7 cases per 100,000 people which was recorded for the week ending March 29 is a 3.1 per cent increase in the rate recorded seven days before.