People in Kirklees need to work even harder to keep Covid at bay as restrictions have been eased.

That’s the plea from a senior health chief after a 22% rise in cases of coronavirus in a week.

With 71 people per 100,000 in Kirklees testing positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s infection rate is now the highest in England.

Kirklees Council ’s strategic director for public health, Rachel Spencer-Henshall made this stark comment: “We can’t ignore our position in the league table and the threat the virus continues to pose.”

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She added: “We need to bring our infection rate down further, particularly with more restrictions now eased and people more likely to come into contact with different households.

“We have to work together even harder to reduce infection rates and understand that there’s no room for complacency.”

Her words came after a week which saw 316 new confirmed positive cases in Kirklees – an increase of 22 per cent on last week when there were 257.

In local hospitals there have been four Covid-related deaths, up from three last week. The number of people being treated with the virus in those hospitals remains at 16, which is no change on last week.

Meanwhile more than 203,000 local people have now had at least their first dose of vaccine, with 96,000 receiving a second.

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The council is now urging anyone aged 40 and over in Kirklees to book their vaccination.

Ms Spencer-Henshall urged residents to keep following “simple steps” to help bring infections down.

She said: “There are three things I’m asking everyone to do over the next few weeks. Keeping doing the basics, stay safe outdoors and get vaccinated.

“By working together, we can bring our infection rates down again, ease pressure on our health services and finally get our lives back to normal.”

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