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Leeds News LIVE: Sunday, August 9

Last updated: Sunday, 09 August, 2020, 17:33

  • Local lockdown rules in West Yorkshire to continue
  • Leeds predicted to be hotter than Tenerife as temperatures hit 28C
  • New mobile testing sites set up in Kirkstall and Fearnville after ‘cluster’ of Covid-19 cases
  • New face mask rules come into force today
  • Police cordon in Carr Manor estate following robbery

Evening news-round up:

BREAKING - LIVE INCIDENT in Chapeltown:

Ongoing police scene in Chapeltown after man seriously injured in attack

There is an ongoing police scene in Chapeltown after a man was attacked.

BREAKING - LIVE INCIDENT in Chapeltown:

Ongoing police scene in Chapeltown after man seriously injured in attack

There is an ongoing police scene in Chapeltown after a man was attacked.

A severe thunder and lightning warning has been issued for Leeds:

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/weather/severe-thunder-warning-issued-leeds-and-yorkshire-met-office-issues-weather-alert-2937021

Yorkshire pub forced to close after four customers test positive for coronavirus

Yorkshire pub closes after four customers test positive for coronavirus

A pub in Yorkshire has been forced to close after four customers tested positive for coronavirus.

Nearly 1,800 companies plan to cut jobs due to coronavirus

Nearly 1,800 UK companies told the Government of plans to cut 20 or more jobs in June as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the country’s economy, figures suggest.

Royal Mail, Centrica and The Restaurant Group – which owns Frankie and Benny’s – were among those announcing four-digit job losses.

Figures obtained by the BBC in a Freedom of Information request showed 1,778 companies informed the Insolvency Service of their intention to cut more than 139,000 jobs in England, Scotland and Wales.

This compares to 345 companies announcing a total of 24,000 job losses in June 2019, the broadcaster said.

Businesses are required by law to give the Insolvency Service advance notification of potential redundancies where more than 20 staff are to be dismissed in a “single establishment”.

However, companies may not end up making the same number of redundancies as initially suggested and these figures will not contain information of job losses from smaller firms.

The UK economy shrank by more than 20% in the first half of the year due to Covid-19, and grim news has continued with further announcements of job losses seen in the past seven days.

Dixons Carphone, Pizza Express, Hays Travel and DW Sports all announced major redundancies, or plans that could put hundreds of jobs at risk.

It comes as many businesses have to decide whether or not to keep staff who have been on furlough on their books as the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme starts to unwind.

More than 26,000 jobs were lost at British employers in July, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted calls to extend the furlough scheme with targeted measures to stave off widespread job losses, saying the support cannot go on “indefinitely”.

The scheme that has so far cost £33.8 billion supporting the payrolls of 9.6 million workers during the coronavirus crisis has begun tapering off ahead of its scheduled end in October.

But opposition parties are calling for the Government to extend it for the hardest-hit sectors and those plunged into local lockdown, warning the end to the scheme is a “grave mistake”.

Boris Johnson ‘would close shops and pubs before schools'

Boris Johnson has spoken of “a moral duty” to get all children back in class amid indications he would force pubs, restaurants and shops to close ahead of schools in the event of severe coronavirus flare-ups.

The Prime Minister is understood to favour only closing schools as the last resort after scientific advisers warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.

Boris Johnson has spoken of “a moral duty” to get all children back in class amid indications he would force pubs, restaurants and shops to close ahead of schools in the event of severe coronavirus flare-ups.

The Prime Minister is understood to favour only closing schools as the last resort after scientific advisers warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.

One confirmed coronavirus death in Yorkshire hospitals in latest figures

One person has died from coronavirus in Yorkshire hospitals, according to the latest daily figures.

The person died in hospitals under the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust - which covers Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract.

They died on Thursday, August 6.

Rules for face masks change today (Saturday, August 8)

Currently, people in England are required to wear a face mask in shopping centres, shops, post offices, supermarkets, banks and takeaways.

But from Saturday this will extend to theatres, bingo halls, concert halls, museums, places of worship, hair salons and galleries.

Police can hit those caught breaking the rules with £100 fines.

Last week, Boris Johnson said masks must be worn in indoor spaces where people will come into contact with others they don’t know.

The move comes as the Prime Minister announced a growing rate of coronavirus infections, which has seen the easing of lockdown measures stopped, and local lockdowns imposed on areas such as Kirklees and Bradford in West Yorkshire.

New stricter lockdown rules for Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford explained

Preston has been added to the areas where households are banned from mixing indoors and in gardens due to a rise coronavirus cases.

But what restrictions have been imposed and what will it all mean for people living there?

- What has the Government announced?

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Friday that Preston will become the latest place to be included in a ban on households gathering in homes and gardens.

It follows restrictions being imposed on Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire the previous week.

Similar restrictions also apply to Leicester, which saw the first so-called "local lockdown" imposed on June 29.

The DHSC said that restrictions in those areas will remain in place for another week.

- Which areas are affected?

The new restrictions come into force in Preston from midnight on Friday.

Restrictions will continue to apply in Greater Manchester, including the City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.

They also apply to Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale in Lancashire, and Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees in West Yorkshire.

- Why have restrictions been imposed in Preston?

The DHSC said that Preston was added to the list of areas under restriction at the request of the local authority.

It has been added to Public Health England (PHE) and the Joint Biosecurity Centre's watch list as an "area of intervention".

The rate of new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population in Preston has jumped from 21.7 in the seven days to July 28 to 42.6 in the week up to August 4, according to new PHE data.

It has reported 61 new case in the seven days to August 4.

Lancashire's director of public health, Sakthi Karunanithi, said the "two main reasons" for the rise in infections were people meeting others in their houses and households coming together in venues such as pubs.

- What does this mean for the people living in Preston?

The Government said that people from different households - those who do not live together - will not be permitted to meet in a private home or garden, unless they are part of a support bubble.

- Does this mean two households cannot meet up at all?

People will still be able to meet in groups of two households, or six people from any number of households, in "outdoor public spaces" - but not in people's gardens.

Guidance issued for Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire said people should continue to socially distance from anyone they do not live with and avoid physical contact.

- Have shops, bars, restaurants and other local businesses had to close down?

No, unlike the Leicester lockdown this has not happened.

While these places remain open, people are urged only to go with members of their own household and to maintain social distancing from others.

But the DHSC said that in Leicester, Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, indoor gyms, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks must remain closed.

- What about if I have been shielding, can I stop on August 1 with the rest of England?

The DHSC said that shielding continues for people living in Blackburn with Darwen in the North West and Leicester city.

- How will the restrictions be enforced?

The Government has passed new laws to enforce the changes in areas of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, which mean people who break the rules can be issued a £100 fine.

Lancashire Police said extra officers would be deployed to Preston following the introduction of new restrictions, which come into force at midnight on Friday.

Its Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods said the force would be working with other agencies to go into pubs and bars, check CCTV and speak to customers to ensure households were not mixing together.

The DHSC said that guidance "will make clear that people should not be gathering with other households anywhere indoors".

- Why have the new restrictions been kept in place on the other areas?

The DHSC said that the latest data did not show any evidence of a decrease in the number of cases per 100,000 people in the area.

Therefore Health Secretary Matt Hancock, in close collaboration with local leaders, has agreed that the rules must remain in place, it added.

- How long will the restrictions be in force?

The restrictions on gatherings will be reviewed again next week with any changes to be announced by August 14, the DHSC said.

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