Friday, 03 July, 2020


United Kingdom could lockdown city of Leicester over virus fears

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the construction site of Ealing Fields High School in west London Monday Leicester could become FIRST UK city to reimpose lockdown as home secretary confirms possible local restrictions
Bennie Garza | 29 June, 2020, 23:17

The paper said Health Secretary Matt Hancock had been examining legal aspects of the shutdown after it was revealed 658 new cases were recorded in the Leicester area in the two weeks to June 16.

The factory is to stay open despite the cluster of cases as they say they have measures in place to keep people safe.

The Times on Sunday earlier reported that Downing Street was examining ways to impose a local lockdown in the East Midlands city, which is home to around 340,000 people.

There have been 866 COVID-19 infections reported in the last two weeks, a third of the city's total since the start of the outbreak.

The city of Leicester, in the centre of Great Britain, the risk of the imposition of restrictive measures due to an upsurge in local the case of a new coronavirus, said the minister of the Interior in britain on Sunday 28 June 2020, a few days before a major milestone in the déconfinement in England.

"With local flare-ups, it is right we have a local solution", she said.

With England's pubs, restaurants and hairdressers set to reopen on July 4, the people of Leicester may have to wait for the recent flare-up to subside.

"What I've had instead - arriving at four minutes past one in my inbox - is a copy of their actual recommendations for Leicester".

"What they're suggesting is not a return to lockdown, it seems that what they're suggesting is that we continue the present level of restriction for a further two weeks beyond July 4".

"And when looking at the report, I realise there is very little substance in it".

Sir Peter told the Today programme the city could "remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country".

Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby tells LBC he is "angry and frustrated" that a meeting with the government has been cancelled and insisted he hasn't seen data to show they need a local lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a local "whack-a-mole" strategy used to deal with outbreaks in Weston-super-Mare and around GP surgeries in London would be "brought to bear in Leicester as well".

"But I think the council should offer us more [financial] help if it does happen".

Sir Peter Soulsby said the government has recommended current restrictions are maintained for a further fortnight.

Ivan Browne, the city's director of public health, said he had received more detailed data on local cases.

"Information has been challenging all the way through this".

A government spokesperson said they were supporting officials in Leicester in their battle against the disease.

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