Bradford Council confirms no spike in Keighley Covid-19 cases after Matt Hancock 'confused' area

It is believed Mr Hancock meant to reference Kirklees Credit: PA Images

Bradford Council has reassured residents there is no spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Keighley.

It comes after apparent confusion from Health Secretary Matt Hancock during interviews on Tuesday morning about lockdown measures being re-imposed in Leicester, when Mr Hancock referred to previous actions to tackle outbreaks in Keighley and in Weston-super-Mare.

It is believed Mr Hancock meant to reference Kirklees, the local authority which covers the Cleckheaton meat processing factory where an outbreak of Covid-19 saw 165 positive cases earlier in June.

Posting to Twitter, Bradford Council said: "Just to calm everyone down a bit ... There's no new Covid-19 spike in Keighley."

The Kober plant in Cleckheaton, which is owned by Asda, was closed after the spike in coronavirus cases, but has now reopened.

It is one of a number of outbreaks at meat processing plants in the UK.

Kirklees Council confirmed that a total of 165 people had tested positive after the outbreak was identified and the whole workforce was offered testing.

It said that positive cases were followed up by the NHS Test and Trace programme.