Public Health Leeds & Bradford release joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Yorkshire

Close contacts of an Ilkley women who is confirmed to have the coronavirus will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details.

Dr Simon Padfield, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in West Yorkshire. One of the cases is a resident of Bradford (Ilkley) who became infected whilst in Italy and the other two cases are residents of Leeds who both became infected whilst in Iran. The case in Bradford is not linked to the two cases in Leeds. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

In a joint statement, Directors of Public Health for Leeds City Council and Bradford Council, Victoria Eaton and Sarah Muckle, said: “We would like to send our best wishes to those affected as they continue their recovery.

“Leeds and Bradford have robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system.

“The councils are working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.

“As such, the risk to people living, working, studying and visiting Leeds and Bradford remains low and the cities are very much open for business.