Boozy revellers hit the town in Leeds after coronavirus watchlist fears

BOOZY revellers have hit the town in Leeds despite coronavirus watchlist fears.

Leeds has been added to Public Health England's coronavirus "watchlist" and could be hit with lockdown measures after a rise in coronavirus cases in the city.

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Despite this, revellers were seen out and about on the streets of the city last night.

Many were not socially distancing as they partied the night away with their pals.

The city has been listed as an "area of concern" after its infection rate rose to 33 cases per 100,000 people.

There were 258 cases in the week up to August 30, which was a rise of 91 compared to the previous week.

Leeds City Council has urged residents to follow social distancing rules and warned new lockdown measures could come into force if cases continue to rise.

City council leader Judith Blake said it was "a pivotal moment in our efforts to control the spread of the virus".

She said: “We have been working tirelessly with our partners and communities, doing everything within our power to keep the spread of this virus under control and to ensure Leeds stays open.

“However, we can’t accomplish that alone and this rise in infection rates means that inevitably, our window of opportunity is shrinking by the day and the city is rapidly approaching a tipping point.

“We completely understand that these past six months have put a tremendous strain on everyone in Leeds and that being able to get out, socialise and enjoy ourselves has provided a massive lift.

“But it is absolutely crucial that if we want to continue to do that, we all do it sensibly and responsibly and follow the latest guidance which is there to keep us all safe.”

"Nobody wants to see further restrictions on life in Leeds," she said earlier today.

"The harsh reality is that if our infection rate continues to rise as it has been, we will be left with no alternative."

The council's public health director Victoria Eaton said it was "imperative we do all we can to contain the spread of this virus and protect one another at this crucial time for the city".

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