Live Covid-19 updates as as data shows infection rate has increased

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has announced plans to cut up to 7,000 jobs after sales fell dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The retailer, which was founded in Leeds in 1884, will make the changes in the next three months.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday announced a second U-turn on A-Level exam grades, following an outcry from students and teachers across England. It comes just days after education secretary, Gavin Williamson, insisted there will be no such U-turn on grades.

The news came as parts of West Yorkshire remain in a local lockdown, with restrictions still in place on seeing friends and family in private homes and gardens.

But the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, told the Mirror on Sunday that he thought the “blanket approach” to lockdown could end this week.

He said: “I think the blanket approach will start to be undone – certain boroughs where the cases are lower will start to be released.”

We will keep you updated on this in our blog below.

Yorkshire Live – Health