Leeds has seen a vast change in its infection rate since the national lockdown at the start of November. After being in a strict lockdown for four weeks, the West Yorkshire region was put into the stricter Tier 3 lockdown measures to get a hold on the virus. But could Leeds finally be considered for Tier 2 come December 16th?
On November 4th, the infection rate in Leeds was 431.9 per 100,000 people, and the city was due to go into Tier 3 before the national lockdown was announced. The city has seen a steep improvement since then, with the infection rate decreasing to less than half – at 149.5 per 100,000 cases.
But is this enough for Tier 2 this December? The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is expected to announce if any areas in the country will move tiers on December 16th. Staying in Tier 3 would see pubs, bars and restaurants remaining closed over the festive period, impacting both chains and independents alike during the biggest trading period of the year.
The government’s strategy means the region’s infection rates, among other criteria (such as the number of those hospitalised) need to continue to decrease. The current figures for the infection rates in other areas of West Yorkshire are Kirklees, 200.1, Bradford, 203.6, Calderdale, 210.4 and Wakefield, 176. The average across England currently sits at 148.8.