World news – GB – Could almost all of Yorkshire follow Lancashire into lockdown?

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Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees are among the places in Yorkshire with higher infection rates than areas of Lancashire where strict lockdown rules are expected

The government is set to make yet another coronavirus announcement today, with large swathes of Lancashire preparing for strict rules to be enforced.

As reported by our sister title LancsLive, almost everywhere in Lancashire will be placed under local lockdown restrictions from Saturday onwards.

The local measures will prevent any households from mixing outside or inside in any setting – including homes, gardens, parks, pubs and restaurants. People are also set to be warned that public transport should only be used if absolutely necessary, such as to get to work, school or medical appointments.

An official government update is expected today (Friday) on which areas of the UK will be put under local lockdown rules – and there are fears that Yorkshire could be one of those areas affected.

YorkshireLive has already reported that several places in God’s Own County had higher infection rates than many areas of the North East, which are already under new local measures.

The figures below show that Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees have higher infection rates than many regions in Lancashire, too.

PA / Public Health England (infection rates per 100,000 for the seven days to September 14)

While there has been no suggestion yet from official sources that Yorkshire is set for tighter local measures this weekend, the infection rates below paint a worrying picture.

If the rates continue to rise, we could see similar restrictions to those which are set to be imposed across Lancashire.

With our neighbours across the Pennines set for stricter lockdown rules from Saturday, we’ve taken a look at the infection rates in each area of Yorkshire and Lancashire to see how they compare.

The figures below show the rate of new cases in the seven days to September 14; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 14; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 7; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 7.

The lists above have been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on September 17 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.

The figures, for the seven days to September 14, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent three days (September 15-17) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

You can follow coronavirus updates from across Yorkshire as they happen in our live blog coverage here.

Source: https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/yorkshire-news/could-almost-yorkshire-follow-lancashire-18954701

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