Leeds suburb where Covid cases jumped 250% in one week

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An affluent northern suburb of Leeds has seen a sudden rise in its rate of coronavirus infection, although the city’s overall numbers continue to drop.
The city remains foreclosed at Level 3 after the government decision earlier this week, which means pubs, bars and restaurants will remain closed during the holiday season.

While this frustrated a lot of people, the combination of the November shutdown and subsequent upgrading to level 3 saw Leeds’ infection rate drop to below 150. When the UK was initially shut down early in November, it was 431.8.

While the picture looks much more favorable across the city, there is a suburb of Leeds that has suddenly reported a huge increase in cases.

The number of cases in Roundhay Park and Slaid Hill jumped 237.5% in the space of a week.



Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ most popular attractions, but Covid cases in the region are rising sharply

In the seven days leading up to December 6, only eight people tested positive for the coronavirus in the region. Fast forward a week however, and 27 more people fell ill with Covid-19 in the seven days leading up to December 13.

This means the neighborhood currently has the worst infection rate in the entire city (469.4).

For comparison, the city’s overall infection rate is only 140.5.

It appears the outbreak is localized, with a number of neighboring neighborhoods among the least infected places in Leeds.

The infection rate in Collingham, Rigton and Harewood is only 93.3.

Another nearby service – Scarcroft, Shadwell and Scholes – has recorded so few cases in the latest official data that it is not even included on Public Health England’s map.

Seven-day rates are per 100,000 population and are calculated by dividing the number of seven days by the population of the area and multiplying by 100,000 residents.

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