|This week we have an update for you about the latest infection rates in Leeds and changes to self-isolation for critical services.
Please note that we will be reducing the frequency of our coronavirus bulletins, which in future will be issued when there is a significant national or local update.
An update on infection rates in Leeds
The latest Leeds infection rate has decreased to 456.4 per 100,000 (30% lower than 7 days ago), with the positivity rate at 12.9%. The current over 60s rate is stable at 160.9 per 100,000. Hospitalisations are rising and sadly 5 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the last week.
The average infection rate for Yorkshire and the Humber is 451.3 per 100,000 and the rate for England is 375.2 per 100,000.
With infection rates still remaining high across the city, we encourage everyone to remain cautious and take up the vaccine.
If you’d like to attend one of the city’s walk-in vaccination clinics, please visit the NHS Leeds website to find the one most convenient for you.
Please remember it’s essential to attend your second vaccination appointment to receive maximum protection.
Let’s keep taking care of each other #TogetherLeeds
Changes to self-isolation for critical services
A very limited number of named key workers may be able to leave self-isolation to undertake critical work. This is only in a small number of situations, where self-isolation would result in serious disruption to critical services.
This policy only applies to you if your employer has received a letter from a government department on which your name is listed. If this is the case, you will be able to leave self-isolation to undertake critical work. Otherwise, you should continue to self-isolate.
This process will only run until 16 August 2021, when people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to self-isolate if they have close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Where employers believe self-isolation of certain key employees would result in serious disruption to critical services, they should contact the relevant government department which can be found on the gov.uk website.
Separate arrangements are in place for frontline health and care staff.
For more guidance on self-isolation, please visit the NHS website.
Success for Leeds athletes at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Leeds City Council would like to say huge good luck and well done to all the Leeds athletes and the whole of Team GB competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – we’re all behind you and what a great lead-up to Yorkshire Day on Sunday!
Earlier this week, the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis, congratulated Leeds athletes Matty Lee and Tom Pidcock on their gold medal success – read the statement in full here.