West Yorkshire will be placed under Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions from Monday morning, Leeds City Council leader confirmed.

The region, which includes Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, will be subject to the country's toughest Covid-19 restrictions as a result of the change.

Tonight’s decision plunges another 2.3million people into Tier 3 lockdown - bringing the total number hit by the tightest restrictions in England to 11million.

Pubs and bars will now be forced to close in West Yorkshire unless they serve 'substantial' meals, along with a range of other restrictions.

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: "We will be moving into Tier 3 on one minute past midnight.

Bradford and other cities and towns in West Yorkshire will be subject to the new restrictions

“This is a very difficult decision for us to take and we recognise the significant economic impact that it will have, but the virus is at a stage in which we need to take measures.”

Julian Hartley, chief executive on Leeds Teaching Hospitals, added: “The numbers have continued to grow over the last month, and the coronavirus cases have significantly increased over the last month.

“This time last week we have 158, now we have 268.

Leeds will also be hit by the new Tier 3 restrictions
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“We have now exceeded the peak position we were in back in April – this has brought additional pressure on our staff.

“We have had to make adjustments, and have been forced to halt some operational procedures.

“We must see a downturn infection rates – this is absolutely crucial.”

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