Leeds news LIVE: Daily Covid rate falls slightly as city marks National Day of Reflection

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Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:16 am
Landmarks in Leeds lit up on Tuesday to mark the National Day of Reflection (photo: Rob Wilson)

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.

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

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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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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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