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Council leaders in Leeds have said that the city is on a Government “watchlist” and could be placed under the highest coronavirus alert level as they enter further negotiations.

Councillors in the city – which has been placed in the Tier 2 “high” category – said they believe the Government’s preference would be for more regions to follow the Liverpool City Region into Tier 3.

They said discussions with the Government are continuing and they will be looking for an extra package of support for businesses in the city.

During a media briefing today, Leeds City Council leaders said the current rate is 422 cases per 100,000 people, with cases rising across the city and the number of positive cases in hospitals doubling in the last week.

Council chief executive Tom Riordan said: “This is a really pivotal moment for us again and there is a prospect that we could go into Tier 3.

“What we’ve got to do is make sure we are doing everything that we can, collectively and individually, to make sure that we are getting on top of the virus, and we also expect, from what the Government has said, that we will have very much an equal conversation with them about what needs to happen and when.

“At the moment, the judgment has been that we should go into Tier 2, and we support that, but the data changes every day and we need to just look at the epidemiology as well and see where the virus is spreading.”

Judith Blake, leader of the council, added: “I think the preference from Number 10 would be for more areas to go into Tier 3 but we need to have a much better understanding of the full implications of moving into Tier 3, what impact that will have on the wider economy and, most importantly, how much will going into Tier 3 help us to get the numbers down and to stop the spread of the infection.”

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