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By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 7th August 2020, 7:09 pm
The latest Leeds news on Friday, July 7 (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)
The latest Leeds news on Friday, July 7 (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

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Last updated: Friday, 07 August, 2020, 17:52

  • Local lockdown rules in West Yorkshire to continue
  • Leeds predicted to be hotter than Tenerife as temperatures hit 28C
  • New mobile testing sites set up in Kirkstall and Fearnville after ‘cluster’ of Covid-19 cases
  • New face mask rules come into force today
  • Police cordon in Carr Manor estate following robbery

M62 crash now clear

Closures due to crash on M62 Chain Bar

There has been a crash on the M62 at junction 26 Chain Bar. 

The AA is reporting that it is a multi-vehicle crash eastbound.

It says lanes two and three (of three) are closed.

Highways England said the east entry from the roundabout is closed. 

Emergency services are at the scene.

Updated what you need to know guide:

We have published an updated guide to ‘what you need to know’ following today’s announcement: 

Local lockdowns also happening in Ireland

Ireland's premier Micheal Martin has announced a regional lockdown in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly following a surge in coronavirus cases.

Addressing the country, the Taoiseach said the virus was still a "deep and urgent threat".

He said a number of limited restrictions will apply to counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly for two weeks from midnight.

These include restricting movement within the counties, with the exception of work purposes and other essential journeys; restaurants and pubs serving food to close, apart from takeaway services, deliveries and limited outdoor dining; and the closure of indoor entertainment and sport venues such as cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries and bingo halls.

Visits to prisons, acute hospitals and nursing homes will be suspended except on compassionate grounds.

People have been asked not to travel to those counties unless for work.

“Mixing in pubs led to rise in Preston coronavirus cases"

People mixing with other households in pubs, as well as in their homes, has led to a need for increased coronavirus restrictions in Preston, the area's director of public health has said.

Speaking at a media briefing after the announcement the city had been designated an "area of intervention" on Friday, director of Public Health for Lancashire Sakthi Karunanithi said almost half of the cases reported were among people aged 30 and younger.

A spike in cases in the city was affecting people from south Asian and white ethnic backgrounds - particularly those living in poor socio-economic conditions, he said.

He said: "I want to pay extra attention to indoor spaces, particularly pubs, where high numbers of people are mixing between households.

"That's a worrying pattern that we really must avoid."

The new restrictions - which are already in force in parts of east Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire - mean residents cannot have others in their homes and gardens; cannot visit other people's homes or gardens, even if they are in an unaffected area; and are not permitted to mix with other households in indoor venues.

Mr Karunanithi said the "two main reasons" for the rise in infections were people meeting others in their houses and households coming together in venues such as pubs.

He added: "These two are key behaviours we're trying to protect people from. Don't meet with members of other households in pubs and clubs."

Mandatory face masks from TOMORROW in museums, bingo halls, libraries, cinemas and others:

The ‘local lockdown’ restrictions are in addition to those being brought in across England from Saturday making face coverings mandatory (unless exempt) in indoor places of worship; museums and galleries; public areas in hotels and hostels; bingo halls; libraries; cinemas; concert halls; crematoria, aquariums and indoor zoo

The West Yorkshire lockdown rules explained:

Health Secretary Matt Hanock has announced that parts of West Yorkshire will remain under lockdown.

Stricter measures in Bradford are still in place.

Leeds and Wakefield are not under these measures.

Preston is now also under lockdown after an “alarming” spike in under 30s testing positive for coronavirus

Preston City Council chief executive Adrian Phillips said: "The number of cases in Preston have increased rapidly in recent days leading to Government categorising the city as an area of intervention. It is also alarming to see that the under-30s are contracting it at a significant rate.

"It is clear that coronavirus is still here and we all need to work together to keep ourselves, our friends, families and communities safe from this virus.

"While some wards have recorded a higher level of cases, this remains a city-wide issue and it's essential that we all do our part to fight the virus.

"We're urging everyone to be diligent and follow the restrictions, in order to protect all of our residents, communities and businesses."

Current West Yorkshire lockdown rules will continue

The current rules on social gatherings will continue in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and Leicester, following a review of all local restrictions yesterday by government and local authorities.

  Wider restrictions in Bradford will continue.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The past week has been difficult for many people in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, and I thank everyone in these areas for their patience and willingness to follow the rules.

“Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee, and unfortunately, the data does not yet show a decrease in the transmission of this terrible virus. 

"It means we must keep the current restrictions in place to allow more time for the impact of this ban on indoor gatherings to be felt, and make sure local residents and their loved ones are protected. At the request of the local area we are also extending these restrictions to Preston. 

"We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week. “As we continue to see rising rates of the virus across Europe, it is vital we take every precaution to protect our country. I urge everyone in these areas to follow the rules, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”

Current West Yorkshire lockdown rules will continue

The current rules on social gatherings will continue in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and Leicester, following a review of all local restrictions yesterday by government and local authorities.

  Wider restrictions in Bradford will continue.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The past week has been difficult for many people in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, and I thank everyone in these areas for their patience and willingness to follow the rules.

“Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee, and unfortunately, the data does not yet show a decrease in the transmission of this terrible virus. 

"It means we must keep the current restrictions in place to allow more time for the impact of this ban on indoor gatherings to be felt, and make sure local residents and their loved ones are protected. At the request of the local area we are also extending these restrictions to Preston. 

We are constantly examining the data on the prevalence of the virus in these areas, and we will review the measures again next week.

“As we continue to see rising rates of the virus across Europe, it is vital we take every precaution to protect our country. I urge everyone in these areas to follow the rules, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”

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