Leicester could be set for localised lockdown following surge in cases

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

Four mobile testing units have been sent to the city in the past week and health officials are said to be closely monitoring clusters of new cases linked to food processing plants.

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

The Department of Health and Social Care on Sunday stopped short of saying a local lockdown was likely for Leicester, but acknowledged the city was an area of concern as it urged residents in the city to be vigilant against the virus.

This would mean pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, outdoor playgrounds and other areas would not reopen in line with the rest of England as planned on July 4.

There has been a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city with 866 new infections reported in the last fortnight.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed reports that Leicester could be set to become the first area in England to have a localised lockdown.

He said: "We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak".

According to Public Health England data, nearly 3,000 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Leicester since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.

"If the virus is out of control or is spreading with the restrictions, I can't see how extending them for a further two weeks would make any difference", Soulsby said.

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Britain has seen flare-ups across the country in the last few weeks.

The UK government on Sunday said it is planning to impose localised lockdowns in some regions showing a spike in coronavirus infections, as latest figures showed that Indian-origin people remain in the category of those hardest hit from the deadly virus among Britain's ethnic minorities.

"We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday while on a visit to a construction site in London.

"I think nothing would be more damaging for our country, for our economy if we do have a second wave".

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

"But I've said to them on a number of occasions that actually the wards of Leicester don't tell you very much about the neighbourhoods and communities in Leicester and I have said to them surely they have the data at street level and neighbourhood level and community level but as yet that's not the way that they've been looking at it or presenting it to us".

Nick Ferrari spoke to the Leicester Mayor about the possibility of a local lockdown.

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

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