Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, addressed the high number of coronavirus infections reported in Bradford earlier this week.

With 45.8 cases per 100,000 reported by the week ending June 28, the second-highest rate England, according to Public Health England, the Bradford Council leader spoke to reassure residents that the council are working to prevent another lockdown in Bradford.

She emphasised the steps the council had taken already to ensure residents remained safe. This includes engagement with vulnerable communities, providing support for large multi-generational households, advice for small shops and retailers, providing guidance for faith communities and positive engagement between youth workers and younger people to highlight the potential dangers of congregating.

In a statement yesterday, Susan Hinchcliffe said: “We have worked tirelessly with our partners to help protect and inform our residents in all communities across the city and district and we will continue to do so as long as Covid-19 remains a threat to us all.

“Many will have seen Bradford in the national news this week and I am sure this may have worried you.  The high infection rate worries me and I can assure you that we are doing everything possible to prevent a second lockdown for Bradford district.  But I need all our residents to play their part.

“Latest figures from Public Health England are for the week ending 28 June.  They still have Bradford second to Leicester.  These figures have fallen from the previous week from 69.4 cases per 100,000 to 45.8 cases per 100,000 but this is still dangerously high.  We simply cannot be complacent.  We know how infectious this virus is.

“The hard work doesn’t stop and will continue; we all need to redouble our efforts.  We are determined.

“This weekend sees further easing of lockdown measures with pubs, restaurants and bars opening.  I urge everyone to be sensible and remain alert to the dangers of coronavirus.  Two-metre social distancing remains of paramount importance in controlling the spread of the virus as does frequent hand washing. We must all continue to act responsibly to protect our health and care services and importantly to keep ourselves and our friends and family safe.”