COVID-19 rates are continuing to increase

Rates of COVID-19 infection are continuing to rise in Kirklees – with numbers increasing again across the country.

In the last seven days 192.4 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 118.8 per 100,000 people. You can view all the data on the online dashboard.

Although Kirklees is no longer currently within the 30 local authorities with the highest rates in the country, the latest data shows there were 844 positive COVID-19 cases in the borough over the last seven days with at least one in every ward.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, has reminded everyone of the continued importance of maintaining social distancing which is still one of the key actions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “COVID-19 is continuing to spread across most parts of the country at a much fast rate than we’ve seen in recent months and that’s definitely the case for us in Kirklees.

 

“Regardless of where you live, we all have to take this seriously and do everything we can to keep each other safe because the latest data shows that over the last seven days we have seen positive cases confirmed in every ward.

 

“Remember, 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.

 

“In addition to the local and national restrictions, I cannot stress enough how important social distancing is wherever you are and if this isn’t possible please wear a face covering.”

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 with in 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.

15 comments

  • barbara rushforth

    you should watch the students in Greenhead Park. Either from Greenhead College or the Uni. Groups on the grass and walking of 6 r more. Is this allowed?

  • Hi, Kirklees Public Protection staff are regularly carrying out compliance visits to the hospitality sector providing support, guidance and clarity where possible and where necessary carry out enforcement. Kind regards ^CP

  • Hi Steve, 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. Kind regards ^CP

  • Hi Jacqueline, it sounds like you have formed a support bubble with your mother in law. If this is the case then you can continue to visit her. Please see the guidance here- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae kind regards ^CP

  • Jacqueline Murray

    My mother in law lives in Liverpool,we have been very confused as to whether we are allowed to spend our usual (before covid) Sunday with her . We have not mixed with anyone else here .She is 92 and lives in her own ,is obviously very upset that other people have been abusing the rules while she has had to stay indoors .

  • barbara rushforth

    the pubs aren’t controlling the crowds outside the pubs at closing time. Closing time should be 6pm.

  • barbara rushforth

    I think all public transport should be closed down. If the virus is on the bus, coach ot train and the doors and windows are .closed where can it go. Like wise taxis. And students at the Unis are not isolating.

  • Hi Maria, there are some cases when people are exempt from wearing a face-covering due to health conditions. However, 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

  • We try to do what is expected of us.They are saying the pubs are the problem,they are following all the rules,wrong the shops are the problem Lidl Heckmondwike hasn’t any sanitizer at the day and people are let in without mask also people are going on the buses without a mask and aren’t turned away by the driver

  • Concise easy to understand weekly update which reinforces the restrictions in an effective and simple way.

  • Mr ANTHONY J HODKINSON

    You need to emphasise more the need to wear face coverings when in shops etc this is not an option it is mandatory and is even more important than social distancing which is not possible at times.

  • When WILL YOU introduce enforcement of the restrictions ? Without this you are effectively doing nothing at all

  • I keep asking this same question but never get a reply. What are the council doing , on a day to day basis, within the localities showing highest numbers of cases within the borough? I believe it was lack of focused attention and action that led to increased caseloads in the summer. Now we have the impact of school / college / university returns greatly adding to the risk factors locally – a perfect storm brewing.

  • As rates in Kirklees continue to rise rapidly, I would like to know what Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council is proposing to DO in order to reverse the trend rather than just keep issuing reminders via this channel?

  • barbara rushforth

    all public transport should be closed down.

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