Rates of COVID-19 infections have continued to rise over the last week in Kirklees

Rates of COVID-19 infection have continued to rise over the last week in Kirklees – with numbers increasing again across the country. In the last seven days 100.5 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 92.5 per 100,000 people. The increase mirrors trends across Yorkshire and the rest of England over recent weeks.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, has urged everyone to continue to follow all the latest national and local guidance as we have entered a crucial point in the COVID-19 crisis. Maintaining social distancing is still one of the main key actions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.

You can view all the data on the online COVID 19 infection rate dashboard.

Local restrictions are still in place across the whole borough which means that, in addition to the national restrictions, in Kirklees you cannot:

  • Meet or host people you do not live within private homes or gardens unless they are in your support bubble.

In addition to these restrictions, the Government advises that you should not:

  • Socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks.
  • Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

More information about local restrictions.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said:

“Rates of infection are continuing to rise across the country. Our figures are not as high as a number of other areas, but it doesn’t mean we are where we need to be.

In Kirklees, we are well above the national average, which means we have to take this seriously and do everything we can to keep each other safe. Nationally, as well as locally, we are at a crucial point of the crisis, and with more people being admitted to hospital again across the country, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow all the latest national and local guidance so we can bring rates back down.

The local restrictions in place in Kirklees mean you cannot meet or host people you do not live with in private homes or gardens unless they are in your support bubble. A large number of other areas are now having these same restrictions introduced and it’s important we all follow them to prevent the spread of the virus.

Remember, the best way to beat the virus is to wash your hands regularly, make sure you socially distance, avoid crowds, wear a face covering and get a test and isolate if you have symptoms.”

10 comments

  • Hello, we are actively carrying out Kirklees wide campaigns reinforcing government guidelines to all residents through our various channels, additionally, we are working directly with communities and residents providing support, guidance and clarity where possible. We are also regularly carrying out compliance visits to the hospitality sector providing support, guidance and clarity there too. Kind regards ^CP

  • Thanks Chelsea – I have done that. Walking round the town (Holmfirth) I noticed several other shopkeepers without facemasks. So I have sent a general comment about non enforcement of the restrictions.

  • Hello, If you see businesses that aren’t complying with restrictions please email Covid-Secure.Enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk with the full detail and our team will investigate this. Kind regards ^CP

  • When is the Government going to put extreme clinically vulnerable back shielding I am been forced to go to work when I can do my job from home, putting my life at risk. Employers will continue to force this unless the gov give a firm message extremely clinically vulnerable must shield, must work from home.

  • Does the law about wearing face coverings in shops not apply to shopkeepers or traders in indoor market traders? My butcher keeps his door open and claims he is distanced. He can’t keep anywhere near 2m away from his customers and is breathing his germs all over the meat. These people are in contact with a lot more people than the ordinary individual and presumably are therefore more at risk of catching this virus and of passing it on.

  • There continue to be big differences in infection rates between different areas of Kirklees with districts around Dewsbury, eg Savile Town, continuing to be particularly high whilst other areas, paricularly in Huddersfield itself, continuing to be lower. It would be helpful if our local public health team would list the specific activities giving rise to the cases that are occurring: workplaces? schools? homes? shops? pubs? weddings? parties?

  • People are still not wearing masks also way are they wearing a mask and only covering the mouth and not the nose if I can see this then everybody else can, shops etc should refuse to serve them.

  • What have Kirklees officers (EHOs etc) actually been doing in the main problem localities within Kirklees?

  • Hi Derek, for a breakdown on areas within Kirklees please see our COVID 19 dashboard – https://public.tableau.com/profile/kirklees.intelligence.service#!/vizhome/CoronaviruscasesKirklees/PublicFacingDashboard this is updated weekly to reflect cases across the district. Kind regards ^CP

  • Could you give a more detailed breakdown i.e. by areas within kirklees.

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