An update on COVID-19 rates in Kirklees
The rates of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country, and this is true in Kirklees too.
The latest data shows that in the last seven days 406 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 300 per 100,000 people.
Although Kirklees is currently showing the lowest rates of COVID-19 amongst the West Yorkshire authorities this is no reason for complacency. We are now within the top 30 of local authorities with the highest rates in the country ranking 28. The latest data shows there were 1,782 positive COVID-19 cases in the borough over the last seven days. You can view all the latest data on the online dashboard.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said:
“This week’s data unfortunately indicates a further and significant increase of rates since last week. I understand this increase in rates despite the efforts we are all making is disappointing. While numbers are still too high, it’s important to recognise the sacrifices people are making is having an impact. Without this collective effort these numbers would be considerably worse and pressure on services higher.
“Continuing with the basic measures – social distancing from those outside your household, wearing a face covering, washing your hands regularly and isolating and testing when you have symptoms – remains very important.
“These simple actions make a difference where ever you live. Together they help to contain and prevent further spread of COVID-19, significantly reduce your chances of being infected or infecting someone else and ultimately help to bring our rates back down.”
It has also been announced that Kirklees will move into Tier 3 restrictions from Monday 2 November.
This means that in Kirklees you can no longer meet with people from other households indoors or in your private garden – unless they are in your support bubble. This includes in private homes, hospitality settings such as pubs and restaurants.
However you can meet people from other households outdoors – in public places – socially distanced in groups of up to six.
Pubs, bars and restaurants can remain open but only if they serve a substantial meal.
More information on the Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions in Kirklees