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Leeds news LIVE: Friday, November 13
Last updated: Friday, 13 November, 2020, 07:24
- Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post live blog on Friday, November 13
- The UK recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began amid concern that infections are rising quickly among the elderly.
- The annual John Lewis Christmas advert – now a highly anticipated staple of the festive season – will highlight the kindness of the British public after a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic
- Leeds boxer Nicola Adams leaves Strictly after partner tests positive for Covid
UK records highest ever number of daily coronavirus cases
The UK recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began amid concern that infections are rising quickly among the elderly.
Another 33,470 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the 24 hours before 9am on Thursday, according to the latest Government figures.
A further 563 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus as of Thursday.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said the highest rates of infections were among younger generations.
But she said: “Worryingly it is rising quickly in those over 80 who are most at risk of poor outcomes.
“The current measures are in place to help protect all of us, and anyone can suffer serious illness from this virus.
“The majority of cases reported today were from tests carried out on the 9th and 10th of November, which includes infections acquired in the days leading up to new measures on the 5th November.
“Limiting contact with others will help to stop the spread of the virus and protect the people we love.”
However, Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director, played down the increase at a Downing Street press conference on Thursday evening.
He said: “It is important to look at the number of cases reported over a number of days and not just take one day in isolation.
“It is clear that infection rates have been going up. What is really important is to get those infection rates down.”
He said it was “too early to say” whether England’s national lockdown was having an effect, but warned people not to expect life to return to normal when restrictions are lifted on December 2.
“We will not be going back completely to normal – there will need to be other measures in place because while this virus is still here, we need to ensure that infection rates stay as low as possible and that we reduce the chance of transmission.”
John Lewis Christmas advert arrives
The John Lewis Christmas advert has arrived.
The retailer’s TV adverts have proved to be a hit every year, with the short film often telling an emotional and heart-warming story that is designed to spread some festive cheer.
And this year’s campaign is no different, having been inspired by the kindness shown by the UK public during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Nicola Adams leaves Strictly Come Dancing after dance partner Katya Jones catches Covid-19
Leeds boxer Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have been forced to exit Strictly Come Dancing after the professional dancer tested positive for coronavirus.
The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest Government guidelines and will not be able to continue on the BBC show.
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More than 60 coronavirus deaths registered across Yorkshire hospitals in latest figures
There have been 61 more Covid-19 deaths recorded at Yorkshire hospitals, according to the latest figures.
It brings the total number of deaths at Yorkshire hospitals since the start of the pandemic to 3,841.
Deaths were recorded where a patient either tested positive for Covid-19 or where no positive test result was received for Covid-19, but Covid-19 was mentioned on their death certificate.
NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death at hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.
Deaths were recorded at the following hospitals:
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust - 1
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 1
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 2
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust - 4
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 8
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust - 1
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 5
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - 9
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust - 8
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust - 4
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust - 5
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 4
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 5
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 4
Doctors warn lessons must be learned as UK Covid death toll exceeds 50,000
Leading doctors have said it is “vital that lessons are learned” from the pandemic as the UK’s official coronavirus death toll exceeded 50,000.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said the figures were a “terrible indictment” of the Government’s lack of preparation and organisation with regard to handling the virus.
The latest Government data showed 50,365 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, making it the first country in Europe to exceed 50,000 deaths.
Responding to the news, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “This is a point that should never have been reached.
“In March, Professor Steve Powis said that if the public adhered to the nationwide lockdown the total toll could be kept below 20,000.
“Today’s figure is a terrible indictment of poor preparation, poor organisation by the Government, insufficient infection control measures, coupled with late and often confusing messaging for the public.”
He added: “As we look towards the hope of a vaccine, it’s vital that lessons are learned from the last nine months to ensure that nothing on this scale ever happens again.”
Meanwhile scientists remain hopeful about the prospect of a vaccine, with England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam stating the Government was preparing for the most important vaccination programme “in decades”.
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Today’s front page: ”Silence reminds us there are some things in the world bigger than us”
Today’s Yorkshire Evening Post front page features the wise words of Rector of Leeds, Reverend Canon Sam Corley.
Read his words online here: Armistice Day 2020: 'We need silence now more than ever' - Leeds Reverend Canon Sam Corley
YEP editor Laura Collins has also written about the importance of taking those two simple minutes to remember the sacrifice and bravery of those who gave their lives for their country in conflicts.
British Legion Remembrance ideas for 2020
- Hold a small Remembrance service in your garden.
- Create a Remembrance space in your garden by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance.
- Use Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host an online Remembrance service or activity.
- Set up a community Remembrance forum to discuss different residents’ Remembrance stories.
- Open an online book of Remembrance that family, friends and others can sign as a mark of Remembrance.
- Write letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnal
- Create your own Remembrance art piece using – children and families could be asked to display something in their window like the rainbows for the NHS.
Armistice Day 2020
Today is Armistice Day.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be the usual service or military parade at Victoria Gardens in Leeds.
People are being urged to undertake their own acts of remembrance at home by observing the national two minute silence or displaying an image of a poppy in their windows.
People can also watch pre-recorded wreath laying ceremony with the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant and Royal British Legion on the Leeds City Council's YouTube channel.