Live coronavirus updates in Leeds after three more people die and 113 test positive

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's coronavirus live blog.

By Jonathan Pritchard
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 7:58 am
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 5:11 pm
Police in Yorkshire are stopping drivers to ensure they are only taking necessary trips.
Police in Yorkshire are stopping drivers to ensure they are only taking necessary trips.

Scroll down for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Leeds on Sunday, March 29.

Live coronavirus updates in Leeds on March 29

Last updated: Sunday, 29 March, 2020, 20:17

Boris Johnson to write to UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to every household in the UK urging people to stay indoors and protect the NHS.

Mr Johnson, who is currently isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will say in the letter: "We know things will get worse before they get better."

You can expect to see them dropping onto your doormat this week.

Firefighters to help ambulance service

Firefighters in West Yorkshire will help the ambulance service 'in any way they can'.

This wil include delivering food and medicine to vulnerable or elderly people, and driving ambulances.

Council workers abused

Council workers were abused and sworn at while doing their jobs, while still following social distancing rules, earlier this week the council has said.

The council has called on people to "support and respect" the officers and contractors carrying out essential works across Leeds that will help keep residents safe.

Police have put 'polite reminders' on cars which were parked at Pontefract Park after a large number of people were seen there.

The Knottingley and Pontefract neighbourhood policing teams used social media to remind people that they have been granted new powers by the Government to enforce social distancing rules.

"People are putting their own and other people’s lives at risk, and they are contributing to placing the NHS under even more strain," they said.

Teen arrested under new powers

A Leeds teenager was arrested on Saturday after police were given new powers to detain people failing to comply with lockdown rules.

The 13-year-old refused to give police his details after he was stopped.

The number of people who have volunteered to help the NHS combat Covid-19 has reached 750,000 – three times the initial target, the Royal Voluntary Service has announced.

Volunteers reached three-quarters of a million just two days after the target was increased after hitting the initial 250,000 goal within less than 24 hours.

The drive will now be temporarily paused to enable the RVS to process the applications and work together with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running.

Number of coronavirus related deaths in the UK rises by more than 200

Leeds City Council closing park car parks

East Leeds police update on lockdown warnings

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