COVID-19 cases in Leeds have risen sharply - with the latest figure standing at 98.5 per 100,000 tested.

The figure has gone up by more than 20 since last Friday when the government decided to impose no new restrictions on the city. People in Leeds were warned they could face further limits today if the number of infections continued to rise.

Yesterday Leeds City Council tweeted:"We're seeing a steep rise in COVID-19 cases in Leeds with today's rate at 98.5 per 100k and 8.4% of people tested being positive. Please do everything you can to be safe and check out the new NHS app #StaySafeSaveLives #TogetherLeeds."

Last week people were urged to do everything they could to stop the spread of the virus as the city remained in enhanced support and faced the prospect of being reconsidered for stricter rules.

Rates at that stage stood at 78.3 per 100,000 people, with 7.1 per cent of those tested proving positive.

Speaking last Friday Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "We are at a crucial point and we need everyone to get behind the mammoth effort we’ve been making as a city to help slow these alarming rates and keep us all safe. This means following the guidelines, observing the new rule of six and keeping safety at the front of our minds at all times.

“Concerted efforts have been increasingly stepped up across the city to tackle the spread of the virus. There have been big pushes on enforcement, getting information to people and making sure the right support is in place involving partners across every sector, public, private and voluntary and innumerable people determined to keep Leeds safe. But we cannot do this without everyone joining in.”