Leeds news LIVE: A year of lockdowns and Covid restrictions

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Tuesday, March 23.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:38 am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19). Picture date: Thursday March 18, 2021. (photo: PA Wire/ Tolga Akmen)

On March 23, 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first UK lockdown, telling the public they will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons, including food shopping, exercise once per day, medical need and travelling for work when absolutely necessary.

Boris Johnson has said coronavirus restrictions are being eased “once and for all” as the UK marks the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

The Prime Minister offered his “sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones” and praised the “great spirit” displayed ahead of the nation pausing in remembrance on Tuesday.

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With the official death toll passing 126,172 deaths, Mr Johnson warned a third wave of Covid-19 cases being seen in France and Italy could “wash up on our shores as well”.

He will face lockdown-sceptics on the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs in an attempt to quell unease over his plan to ease restrictions ahead of a Commons vote later this week.

But they are likely to be further angered by proposals to legally require care home workers to be vaccinated, and for foreign holidays to continue being outlawed until at least June 30.

Ahead of a minute’s silence at midday, Mr Johnson praised those who developed and rolled out vaccines, parents who homeschooled their children and the public who endured social distancing.

“It’s because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all,” he said in a statement.

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Leeds news LIVE: Over 90 per cent of over 50s across city have had first Covid vaccine

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021, 07:49

  • Over 90 per cent of people over 50 in Leeds have had their first jab
  • At least 325,000 Leeds residents have had the vaccine

Yesterday marked one year since the first UK lockdown was announced - here’s how Leeds marked the National Day of Reflection

Staff, volunteers and members of the public fell silent at the Elland Road vaccination centre to remember those who have lost their lives during the Covid pandemic.

Minute's silence held outside Elland Road vaccination centre for National Day of Reflection

Staff, volunteers and members of the public fell silent at the Elland Road vaccination centre to remember those who have lost their lives during the Covid pandemic.

Buildings in Leeds lit up yellow on Tuesday in memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

Leeds buildings to be lit up yellow as people encouraged to pay tribute to lives lost in pandemic

Buildings in Leeds will be lit up yellow on Tuesday in memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

A look back on how the streets looked in Leeds a year ago

A year on: How the deserted streets of Leeds looked when the first lockdown began

Today marks a year since the first coronavirus lockdown.

New figures show the continuing toll of the pandemic on health services across Leeds

The chief executive of Leeds hospitals has described the “enormous difficulties and challenges” of the past 12 months as new figures show the impact the pandemic continues to have on the city’s health services.

'El Loco' Marcelo Bielsa coffee launched by independent Leeds United fan channel LS11

A Leeds United fan channel has launched an 'El Loco' coffee - inspired by Marcelo Bielsa.

People urged to get on board as Leeds launches vaccination minibus

A new 'vaccine minibus' has been launched by health chiefs to help people across the city get on board with the vaccination programme.

Police found cannabis hidden in rabbit hutch when the searched drug dealer's home

Police found cannabis stashed in a rabbit hutch when they raided a drug dealer's home.

In case you missed it from yesterday

Covid bubbles burst at two Leeds primary schools after positive coronavirus tests

Bubbles at two Leeds primary schools have collapsed over the past week.

'Next goal is Elland Road': Watch the heartwarming moment a Leeds United fan left hospital in his football shirt

A Leeds United fan who learnt to walk and talk again after his family said goodbye to him four different times has left hospital in his beloved Leeds football shirt.

South Leeds community rallies behind campaign to buy more life-saving defibrillators

Statistics show every second counts when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

Instagram apologises to endometriosis community after it was accused of 'silencing' posts about the condition

Social media giant Instagram has apologised to the online endometriosis community after it was accused of "silencing" posts about the condition.

Minute's silence held outside Elland Road vaccination centre for National Day of Reflection

Staff, volunteers and members of the public fell silent at the Elland Road vaccination centre to remember those who have lost their lives during the Covid pandemic.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live blog on Wednesday, March 24.

CEO of Leeds Council remembers the 1,527 Leeds residents who have lost their lives to Covid

“The hardest year in generation"

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it had been “probably the hardest year in a generation” as he reflected on 12 months since the first coronavirus lockdown was introduced.

Asked how he would spend the day of reflection, Mr Hancock told Sky News: “I’ll be working on the vaccine rollout and trying to get us out of this.

“This has been an incredibly difficult year, probably the hardest year in a generation.

“Yet, we all search for hope as well, don’t we? The hope is that we now have a route out of this and that route is possible because of the wonders of science and the scale of the vaccination programme.”

Today we remember everyone we've lost, everyone who has struggled due to Covid - Leeds Rector Sam Corley

'Today we remember everyone we've lost, everyone who has struggled due to Covid'

One year on from the start of the first lockdown and I guess we are all in a reflective mood.

Leeds to get memorial woodland for Covid victims as city approaches 'light at end of tunnel', announces council leader James Lewis

One year of Leeds lockdown: Striking Leeds moments from the past 12 months under restrictions

Coronavirus: one year on

Boris Johnson has said coronavirus restrictions are being eased “once and for all” as the UK marks the anniversary of the first national lockdown.

The Prime Minister offered his “sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones” and praised the “great spirit” displayed ahead of the nation pausing in remembrance on Tuesday.

With the official death toll passing 126,172 deaths, Mr Johnson warned a third wave of Covid-19 cases being seen in France and Italy could “wash up on our shores as well”.

He will face lockdown-sceptics on the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs in an attempt to quell unease over his plan to ease restrictions ahead of a Commons vote later this week.

But they are likely to be further angered by proposals to legally require care home workers to be vaccinated, and for foreign holidays to continue being outlawed until at least June 30.

Ahead of a minute’s silence at midday, Mr Johnson praised those who developed and rolled out vaccines, parents who homeschooled their children and the public who endured social distancing.

“It’s because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all,” he said in a statement.

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