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West Yorkshire to move into Tier Three lockdown from Monday after local leaders demanded extra help to tackle killer bug

WEST Yorkshire will be placed under the toughest lockdown restrictions from Monday, after local leaders demanded extra help to tackle the virus.

The area, including Leeds, Huddersfield, and Bradford, will move into Tier Three - meaning pubs and bars will be closed with a ban on overnight stays outside of the home.

Changes will come into effect from the beginning of next week, according to Councillor Judith Blake.

With the new restrictions, pubs and bars must shut unless they can operate as a restaurant serving "substantial" meals.

Casinos, bookmakers and gyms are also shut under Tier Three.

NHS figures have shown the Yorkshire and Humber region has the fastest-growing COVID-19 rates in England.

Bradford currently has the highest rates in the county, with 483.5 cases per 100,000 of the population.

There are more Covid patients currently in Leeds Hospitals than at the peak of the pandemic, it was reported earlier this week.

The Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust said the pressure on beds has become "far greater than in the first wave".

This comes as 16 more areas in England are set to be plunged into tighter restrictions over the weekend, including in Oxford and the Midlands.

Huge areas from the Midlands, including Derby city, the whole of High Peak, Dudley and Staffordshire will move into the "high" Covid alert level.

Earlier today Oxford City Council confirmed it had been thrown into Tier 2 restrictions, even though infection rates were significantly lower at 137.1 cases per 100,000.

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