Leeds news LIVE: Daily Covid rate falls back through 100 barrier | Sunshine forecast for week ahead

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Monday, March 22.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:40 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:46 am
The daily coronavirus rate in Leeds has fallen

The daily Covid rate in Leeds has broken back through the 100 barrier into the 90s

Since the week ending March 8, the recorded daily Covid rate in Leeds has been rising.

The seven-day period ending March 8 had a rate of 99.7 cases per 100,000 people, but this was the last time the rate had broken through the 100 barrier until the latest published rate.

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The rate rose to 110.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven day period up to March 14 - which is the highest the rate has been since the beginning of the month.

In the most recently published rate which was released on Sunday March 21, the rate has begun to creep back down with a rate of 99.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is the rate which represents the seven-day period ending on March 16.

This follows a fall in the rate which was published on Saturday, which fell from 110.2 cases per 100,000 people on Friday to a rate of 105.4.

There is time taken between when the tests are taken and cases are recorded, to when the rate is recorded.

Rate fall is down to ‘vaccines and following rules'

The CEO of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, posts the daily Covid rate on Twitter each day.

The latest rate was recorded on Sunday, when he tweeted that the over 60s rate across Leeds is down to 36.0 cases per 100,000 people.

The positivity rate in the city is at 4.4 per cent, which is a decrease from 4.7 per cent on Saturday.

Mr Riordan said the decreases are down to a combination ‘of around half of adults taking the vaccine, people following the rules to stay in unless vital and keeping distance and wearing masks’.

He said these factors are ‘making a difference’.

The full tweet on Sunday said: “Leeds case rate down to 99.9 per 100k people (from 104.9), over 60s down to 36 & positivity down to 4.4% (from 4.7%.)

“Combination of around half of adults taking vaccine & people following rules to stay in unless vital, keep distance & wear masks in settings is making a difference.”

Sunny spells to last all week in Leeds

It will be a day of sunshine in Leeds today with a mixture of sun and cloud right until sunset at 6.23pm, according to the Met Office.

Here is the Met Office forecast in full for this week:

Monday: Chilly to start, developing into a dry day, with pleasant warm sunny spells in light winds. Feeling warmer than on Sunday for many, especially so in the east and in coastal districts. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Monday night: Staying dry with clear spells during the evening, but tending to become cloudier and breezier later in the night. A touch of frost is possible in prone spots. Minimum temperature 1 °C.

Tuesday: A cloudier and breezier day, perhaps with some patchy drizzle on hills. Some sunny intervals are still possible, mainly in the east, although these will be fewer than of late. Maximum temperature 12 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Increasingly breezy and showery during this period, although some sunny spells remain likely. Temperatures dipping to end the working week, otherwise being near average.

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

Last updated: Friday, 26 March, 2021, 06:30

  • 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

At least 325,000 Leeds residents in total have had vaccine

According to the CEO of Leeds Council, Tom Riordan, 325,000 Leeds residents have now had the Covid vaccine as of Wednesday.

He tweeted the news along with his daily Covid rates tweet.

The CEO pleaded with Leeds residents to ‘stay in unless essential, keep distance and take the vaccine’ as this is ‘reducing hospitalisations and deaths.

91.6 per cent of over 50s in Leeds have received their first jab.

This is an estimated 232,924 people.

The estimated figures are based on provisional data from NHS England for vaccinations up to March 21, and use population figures from the Office for National Statistics which are the best publicly available official estimates.

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325,000 Leeds residents have taken the vaccine when called

According to the CEO of Leeds Council, Tom Riordan, 325,000 Leeds residents have now had the Covid vaccine.

He tweeted the news yesterday afternoon along with his daily Covid rates tweet.

The latest recorded daily infection rate in Leeds is 99.1 cases per 100,000 people - which was also recorded on Tuesday.

This is down from 99.7 cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday.

Mr Riordan also said that the rate in over 60s was ‘down’ to 36.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The positivity rate has fallen from 4.2 per cent to 4.1 per cent.

The CEO pleaded with Leeds residents to ‘stay in unless essential, keep distance and take the vaccine’ as this is ‘reducing hospitalisations and deaths.

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Daily Covid rate in Leeds

The last recorded daily Covid rate in Leeds was 99.7 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday.

This was a slight drop from 101.9 cases per 100,000 people which was the rate recorded on Monday.

The positivity rate between the two days also dropped from 4.3 per cent to 4.2 per cent.

The latest over 60s Covid rate recorded in the city was a ‘stable’ 38.5 cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday.

The CEO of Leeds Council Tom Riordan pleaded with the city to ‘stay in unless essential, keep your distance and take the vaccine when called’.

He said this is ‘breaking the link’ between cases and hospitalisations - which are currently at 55.

Mr Riordan tweets the rates each day.

His latest tweet on Tuesday said: “Leeds case rate down to 99.7 per 100k people (from 101.9), over 60s stable at 38.5 & positivity down to 4.2% (from 4.3%). Please stay in unless essential, keep your distance & take the vaccine when called. This is breaking the link between cases & hospitalisations (currently 55).”

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