Numerous revelers took to the streets of Leeds to enjoy a night of partying despite the city being placed on a "Covid watchlist" amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
Party-goers traded a night at home for the chilly 11C and broke the rules of social distancing last night as they huddled in large groups without a face mask and went to the city's bars and pubs.
A crowd of alcohol-filled revelers appeared in high spirits as they took to the cobbled streets in the early hours of the morning to celebrate with their friends amid the pandemic.
The scenes come when Leeds is on the verge of a local lockdown and was placed on Public Health England's list of problem areas after the infection rate climbed to 32.4 cases per 100,000 in the city of Yorkshire, home to half a million people People.
One in 29 people who are tested in the city – 3.5 percent – tests positive, according to official information.
If cases cannot be kept under lock and key with a stricter testing regime, stricter rules may need to be put in place to maintain social distancing and get the virus out.
Revelers take to the streets in groups for an evening, despite the city of Yorkshire being placed on a "Covid watch list" amid an increase in coronavirus cases
Party-goers swap a night at home to brave the chilly temperatures and hit the bars and pubs in town amid the pandemic
The number of confirmed cases per 100,000 population in Leeds has increased since August (left).
Crowds break social distancing guidelines when they gather in the city without face masks until the wee hours of the morning
A night owl lies on the floor after a night out in Yorkshire that saw the infection rate rise to 32.4 new cases per 100,000 people this week
As the number of cases in the city continues to grow, Leeds City Council is already taking action of its own, including encouraging employers to follow national guidelines for safe work and providing specific support to nursing homes, schools and other locations with groups of people and people engagement with communities, businesses and partners.
It also targets young people using social media messages to discourage large gatherings.
In a statement, the council said: “The latest 7-day infection numbers show Leeds has a rate of 32.4 cases per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 3.5%.
“The latest data suggests that many cases are in different neighborhoods, which means that they may be related to social interaction and recreational activities.
"The prevalence is wide and variable across wards, and cases have increasingly been seen in younger people, ages 18 to 34, with some concerns about activities such as house parties and gatherings."
Council President Judith Blake added that this was "a pivotal moment in our efforts to control the spread of the virus".
She told the BBC: “Nobody wants to see further restrictions on life in Leeds.
"The harsh reality is that if our infection rate continues to rise as it has before, we will have no alternative."
The council said 44 new cases were identified in Leeds on Wednesday.
Ms. Blake added, "This is an increase in all different districts of the city, especially among young adults in all communities."
Two friends sit on a bench and take a break while dozens of revelers take to the streets to enjoy a night of partying
A group of people appear in high spirits when they take to the streets without a face mask to spend a night amid a spate of coronavirus cases
Revelers sit on the sidewalk while they hang out with fellow partygoers for an evening in Leeds, despite the fact that the city has been placed on Public Health England's list of problem areas
A group of people stand close together as they hit town amid the coronavirus pandemic to party until the wee hours of the morning
Friends run towards each other in the streets, while in the city of half a million people the infection rate rises to 32.4 new cases per 100,000 people
A non-facemasked crowd huddles in groups as they take to the streets to celebrate an evening in city bars
With Leeds on the sidelines, measures in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire will be eased from next Tuesday. Casinos, ice rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centers and indoor play areas will legally reopen.
WHERE ARE RESTRICTIONS APPLIED? AND WHERE ARE YOU?
The ban on mixing two households indoors continues in Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Tameside.
At Oldham, in addition to a ban on indoor mixing, residents are still advised to avoid mixing with anyone from another household.
In Bolton, casinos, ice rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centers and indoor play areas (including soft play areas) will remain closed. Socially distant indoor appearances will remain closed, and restrictions on certain close contact services will remain in place. We work closely with local executives.
The ban on mixing two households indoors continues in Preston, Pendle and parts of Blackburn.
In parts of Blackburn, Blackburn and parts of Pendle Residents are still advised not to mingle with anyone from another household.
The restrictions on indoor gatherings remain in place. The next review of these measures will take place by September 11th.
Indoor swimming pools, including water parks, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor fitness studios, and sports fields and facilities, can reopen at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8th. Casinos, ice rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centers and indoor swimming pools, play areas (including soft play areas) will remain closed. This will be checked next week.
Socially distant indoor appearances will remain closed, and restrictions on certain close contact services will remain in place.
Bradford urban areas that are prohibited from indoor gathering.
In Kirklees, the ban on indoor gatherings continues in Dewsbury and Batley.
The ban continues in parts of Calderdale as well.
Newark and Sherwood, Slough and Wakefield are being removed from the government's coronavirus watch list – but coronavirus infection rates in Bolton are considered too high by the government for these reliefs to be applied.
Announcement of the changes on Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “I am very happy that we were able to make this change in collaboration with local authorities as the local lockdowns are working to control the virus.
& # 39; We're seeing improvements in infection rates thanks to the tremendous efforts of the local communities and authorities working with our effective test and trace system.
"We need to stay vigilant and I continue to encourage everyone to do their part by following local rules, isolating themselves and requesting a free test as soon as they develop symptoms."
The move was praised by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who said: “We have asked the government to consider easing restrictions on opening stores in Greater Manchester and welcome the Foreign Secretary’s positive announcement today.
& # 39; There is no evidence that these companies are causing the virus to spread and we know that these premises are taking precautions to operate safely.
'It is understandable that this is not the case in Bolton for the time being, but we will work hard with Bolton Council and its partners to get to a position where the restrictions on opening business can be relaxed as soon as possible .
"However, it is important that people continue to adhere to the no-home rules and public health advice on hand washing, face-covering and social distancing."
This week, researchers from King's College London highlighted that South Tyneside, Oldham, Redcar and Cleveland, Wirral, Bradford, Barnsley and Denbighshire are also potential problem areas.
Lockdown measures could also be reintroduced in Lanarkshire, Scotland, due to rising infection rates in the region.
The NHS Lanarkshire Public Health Director has warned the region is "very close" to re-enforcing restrictions, similar to the Glasgow area, after the number of cases rose by 16.
The Lanarkshire Health Department has now identified 3,044 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Yesterday, the UK confirmed 1,813 new coronavirus infections – 596 more than last Saturday – with 124 new hospital admissions and 69 in ventilation beds.
Twelve people died of coronavirus in the UK within 28 days of testing positive on Saturday, bringing the country's total death toll to 41,549.
Now two-thirds of new coronavirus infections in the UK are under 40, while the rate in the elderly has fallen sharply in an "exceptional" shift that has led researchers to avoid a second wave.
Separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities show that 57,300 deaths have now been recorded in the UK with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
According to Public Health Wales, the total number of cases in the country increased by 77 and the number of confirmed cases increased to 18,283. One person in Wales died of Covid-19, according to figures released yesterday.
Eleven people who tested positive for coronavirus in the past 28 days have died in hospital in England, bringing the total confirmed deaths in hospitals to 29,604, NHS England said on Saturday.
Patients were between 56 and 94 years old, all had known underlying conditions, and death dates were between August 31 and September 4, with the majority on or after September 3.
According to the Health Department, 141 new cases have been reported in Scotland but no deaths. Another 118 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland but no deaths.
Countless people without face masks gather outside a bar in Leeds, although coronavirus cases are rising in the city
The night owls are breaking social distancing guidelines by standing outside a pub even though the city is about to face a local lockdown
A group of people stand at a takeout restaurant in Leeds after spending an evening on the town amid the coronavirus pandemic
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