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Friday, 26th March 2021, 6:43 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 6:48 am
Richard Moss, 73, receives an injection of the the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from Lance Corporal Carla Fraser, Regimental Aid Post 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the Elland Road vaccination centre in Leeds (photo: PA Wire/ Danny Lawson)

It is estimated that 91.6 per cent of over 50s in Leeds have received their first jab.

This is an estimated 232,924 people.

The 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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As of Wednesday, 325,000 people in total across the city had received their first dose of the vaccine.

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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

“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.”

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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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Sunny spells to last all week

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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