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Leeds records highest ever new daily coronavirus case increase as 117 test positive on Wednesday

According to government figures – available to view here – a total of 117 people tested positive for coronavirus in the city yesterday.

The previous highest figure of 109 cases on a single day was on April 22 at the height of the virus earlier this year.

A total of 5,725 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Leeds since the start of records.

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The first recorded cases in the city were recorded on February 28.

A total of 340 people have died from coronavirus in the city according to figures.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with and wash your hands regularly.

You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home.

If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover.

Leeds has avoided further Covid-19 restrictions but will instead receive enhanced support towards managing the rise in infection rates, the city council has said.

A spokeswoman said this means the city will move up one stage from being placed on the national Public Health England watchlist last week as an area of concern.

The enhanced support status means that Leeds City Council and its partners will work with Government on ways to bring down infection rates, with extra resources provided, the spokeswoman said.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “People in Leeds aren’t facing further restrictions this week but this continued rise in rates is still of great concern.

“I’d like to thank everyone who is taking this very worrying situation seriously, and we must remain vigilant.

“We really need everyone to pull together to help us get these rates down and stem the tide. What we all do now will make a direct impact on whether we’re able to bring this terrible virus back under control.

“It will also directly affect decisions as to whether Leeds is considered as an area that may need further restrictions later this month.

“If levels continue to go up as they are doing this is a real possibility.”

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