Positive COVID-19 cases have risen in Kirklees this week with 188 new cases recorded across the district according to the latest data from Public Health England.

Data gathered between August 30 and September 6 shows 40 people per 100,000 are infected with the Coronavirus in the district, a rise from 28.7 in the previous week’s figures.

The data shows an increase of nearly 50% of positive cases compared to last week. The wards of Bately and Dewsbury remain under local lockdown restrictions, which are scheduled to be review by central government today.

Dewsbury Moor and Lower Westtown saw the largest increase of cases in the latest figures with 10 new cases in the ward.

Positive cases of COVID-19 have been rising across the country with over 2,000 cases recorded over the past five consecutive days.

The Government introduced in new social distancing restrictions as a result. From Monday, September 14, the “rule of six” will prohibit groups of six from meeting indoors or outdoors. Police will be able to distribute fines between £100 to £3,200 if they are found to be breaking the new rules.

In response to the latest restrictions Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public at Kirklees Council, said: “I urge everyone across Kirklees to follow this latest national restriction and do not socialise in groups of more than six.

“The majority of Kirklees was lifted from local restrictions on 2 September, meaning people can socialise with people from other households again. This is still the case, but the Government is just now asking that you do not do this in groups larger than six.”

Spencer-Hensall also expressed thanks to the residents of Batley and Dewsbury in particular for their efforts as local lockdown restrictions still apply in these areas.

She said: “For people in Batley and Dewsbury, the local restrictions are still in place, for the time being, meaning you still cannot socialise with people from other households unless they are part of your support bubble. We understand how difficult this continues to be but thank you for the efforts you are going to. We’re hopeful the Government will lift these local restrictions soon if we see infection rates come down.”

Tracy Brabin also praised the work of Kirklees Council to contend with COVID-19 rates in the district. She urged the Government yesterday to retain mobile testing units in Kirklees to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Addressing Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, in the House of Commons yesterday, Tracy Brabin said: “The reason why Kirklees has managed to buck the national trend and keep our infection rates relatively stable is the great work they’ve been doing with the Government and with other agencies and we’ve been working really hard in Batley to get our restrictions lifted.

“But coming into what could be difficult autumn and winter, can the minister please commit to keeping those extra resources, those mobile testing units in our community so then our rates don’t then spike and we close down again.”

All the latest information and support on COVID-19 in Kirklees is available on the council website here: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/coronavirus.aspx