Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Leeds, which could lead to a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital.

There are concerns about the number of cases of the Delta Variant, especially in: 

  • Headingly
  • Hyde Park
  • Little London
  • Woodhouse

This variant spreads much more easily, so extra measures should be taken to help reduce its spread, and keep hospital admissions at a manageable level: 

  • People over 50 who have not had their vaccination and those who were identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (people who were shielding) should take extra precautions, and people should help them to get vaccinated if they want to
  • As well as wearing masks, washing hands, keeping distance and letting fresh air circulate, it’s really important that people take lateral flow tests regularly and self isolate if needed
  • The most effective way to protect yourself and others is by getting vaccinated. It is quick, easy and safe. Anyone over the age of 18 is now able to book their vaccine by calling 119. If you know someone who is eligible, and has not had the vaccine but would like to, please encourage/support them to consider the options available to make it as easy as possible

This is a key moment for Leeds - actions people take now may be the difference between us seeing another peak or not. You can find an overview of current Covid-19 restrictions here. 

There has also been a large study which shows the most common symptoms of the Delta Variant are more like a heavy cold. These are:

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

You must still stay at home if you have any of the other known symptoms: 

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change to sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms, stay away from other people, and get a Covid-19 test. Click here to book a test. 

You can also visit a testing centre. Click here to find out more about getting tested in Leeds.