The latest coronavirus numbers in West Yorkshire indicate the country may be on the verge of moving to a tougher Level 3 lockdown.
Infection rates in some parts of West Yorkshire are higher than those seen in South Yorkshire When identified as a “very high alert zone” And go to level 3.
West Yorkshire – consisting of local authority areas Leeds, Bradford, Kirkles, Calderdale and Wakefield – is Currently subject to Tier 2 restrictions That is, people who meet anyone they don’t live with or those who aren’t in their support bubble in domestic environments.
But increasing numbers indicate that the district could be moved to Level 3, which would prevent families from mixing in both indoor and outdoor private environments, and enforce the closure of pubs and bars that do not serve food deemed a “staple”.
In Sheffield the rate was 412.4 and it was the lowest in Doncaster at the time, with 322.2 per 100,000 people. At Rotherham the average was 376.0.
In comparison, the latest infection rate statistics from the Press Association show that Bradford has an infection rate of 470.0 per 100,000 people in the week before October 22, which is the highest of any area of any region in South Yorkshire When the new restrictions were announced.
The rate in Leeds is currently 415.1, which is also higher than the Barnsley rate when South Yorkshire moved to Level 3.
However, the latest rates are lower in the rest of the province. In Calderdale it is currently 418.1, in Kirklees it is 384.0 and in Wakefield it is 404.2. But these rates are higher than those of Doncaster and Rotherham when South Yorkshire was placed at Tier 3.
The regions with the highest rates in Bradford are Canterbury, at 837.3 cases per 100,000, and Heaton Highgate, at 910.9.
In Leeds, the two areas with the highest rates are Hyde Park at 850.4 and Woodhouse Cliff at 856.5.
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Despite ongoing speculation about whether West Yorkshire will be placed at Level 3, Huddersfield Representative Barry Sherman said he hopes the area will be I stayed at level 2 It was believed that the rates would “stabilize”.
Discussions continue over whether to place West Yorkshire at Tier 3 as today’s regions in Nottingham and Warrington are placed under tougher measures.