A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police reported the closure at around 12 noon on Sunday. They said: "Police have closed Hanover Lane, Leeds City Centre outside Leeds City College in both directions due to a road traffic accident. Please avoid the area." Keep following for updates in our live blog below. Can't see the blog? Head to www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk in your phone browser and read it from there.
Leeds News Live: Local lockdown now in force in Leeds
Last updated: Friday, 25 September, 2020, 17:44
- No household mixing, by law
- Face masks compulsory in schools
- Coronavirus infection rate is highest ever
- Call for students to be allowed home for Christmas
- Crash closes road in Leeds city centre
Seven in 10 deaths were likely by infection acquired before lockdown
Seven in 10 deaths of working-age adults involving coronavirus between March 9 and June 30 were likely to be the result of an infection acquired before lockdown, new figures show.
There were 5,330 deaths involving Covid-19 of 20-64-year-olds in England and Wales during this period, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Of these, 72%, or 3,839 deaths, occurred on or before April 25 and are considered likely to be as a result of an infection acquired before lockdown.
The ONS assumption is based on evidence that the maximum time from infection to symptom onset is 14 days, and there are around 20 days on average from symptom onset to death.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, national statistician for the Office of National Statistics, said there is “much better data” now on coronavirus “so the Government has the information on which to make early decisions”.
Sir Ian told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: “My view, very strongly, is that we are about to enter a rocky road but we have much better information than we had for the first wave on which to plot a route.”
‘Back to work’ shifts to ‘work from home’ in Government U-turn
Plans to get staff back into their workplace in a bid to revive the economy have been scrapped, as the Government looks to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told Sky News on Tuesday that people who are able to work from home are now being encouraged to do so, signalling a U-turn in official advice.
The “shift in emphasis” comes just weeks after a drive to get employees to return to their offices, as ministers sought to boost commuter-focused businesses.
A further easing of the lockdown restrictions from August 1 meant that it was up to employers to discuss with workers whether it was safe to return.
Announcing the measures, Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing that employers “should be encouraging people to get back to work where that is right for that employee”.
But his comments appeared at odds with his chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, at the time, who said there was “absolutely no reason” to change the working from home advice.
The new messaging applied only to England, with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford saying shortly afterwards that his government’s advice to workers remained to “stay at home and work from home” if able to do so.
Boris Johnson announces package of measures in the House of Commons
Boris Johnson won the “full support” of his Cabinet for the new restrictions he is set to announce to “protect lives and livelihoods” during a resurgence in the spread of coronavirus, Downing Street said.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The PM chaired Cabinet where it gave its full support to the package of measures which he will be shortly announcing in the House of Commons.
“The PM said that the additional steps which will be taken in the coming days were intended to fight the virus while also protecting education and protecting the economy.
“And the PM said the Government’s policy was to protect lives and livelihoods.”
Hospital admissions in England have more than doubled in the last fortnight
Boris Johnson has warned daily deaths from Covid-19 will increase unless action is taken.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “In the last fortnight daily hospital admissions in England have more than doubled.
“Tens of thousands of daily infections in October would, as night follows day, lead to hundreds of daily deaths in November and those numbers would continue to grow unless we act.”
New measures and restrictions announced by Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister has outlined a new ‘package’ of measures in the House of Commons
- People urged to work from home if they can
- Wedding ceremonies limited to 15 people in tightening of ‘rule of six’
- No need to shield except for in local lockdown areas
- People working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality except while seated at a table to eat or drink would have to wear face coverings
- Schools, universities and colleges must stay open, says the Prime Minister
Work from home if possible, says Prime Minister
Boris Johnson said people who can work from home should do so.
He told MPs: “First, we are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so. In key public services and in all professions where home working is not possible, such as construction or retail, people should continue to attend their workplaces.”
He added: “Second, from Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways. Together with all hospitality venues, they must close at 10pm.
“And to help the police enforce this rule that means, alas, closing not just calling for last orders, because simplicity is paramount.”
Police issue warning for driving conditions:
Leeds Road, A660, Otley Chevin.
Be careful on the high rural roads folks, still plenty of snow/ice about from the earlier thunderstorms.
LIVE UPDATES: Leeds Council holds coronavirus briefing as infection rates surge
Leeds Council is holding a coronavirus briefing update today following a surge in local infection rates
Keep following for more updates as we get them
Local lockdown announced for Leeds
Council Leader Judith Blake says 'we are in a time of fast moving changes which affect us all. We are in a situation with the rest of the country implementing the rule of 6. The curfew came in at 10pm last night and I understand we had good compliance with that regulation.
"I understand that the four medical officers for the UK have put out a statement saying we are at the start of a second wave.
"We haven’t had a formal announcement from government yet. We have the expectation that we will be asked to move into a different category. Our understanding is that we will be moved onto the Area of Intervention list, which means we will see more household restrictions in line with Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
“We expect that these restrictions will come in from midnight tonight.
“If you have your bins emptied by Leeds Council you will be included in the restrictions.”