Leicester could be set for localised lockdown following surge in cases

UK could lockdown city of Leicester over virus fears

UK could lockdown city of Leicester over virus fears

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In the two weeks to 23 June, there were 866 positive cases in the city - 29% of the 2,987 who have tested positive since the pandemic began.

An anonymous source close to the cabinet minister said he is "quite worried" and is considering "all options" for the government's response including a return to lockdown which would be imposed exclusively on the city rather than nationally.

But the Mayor didn't hold back when he spoke to Nick Ferrari this morning.

"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.

If it is decided that a local lockdown is needed the city council now has no powers to implement this, and there would need to be extensive discussion around the area to be locked down, including whether this extends beyond the city boundaries.

"But even that is not justified by any of the figures that they've let us have".

Leicester's mayor Peter Soulsby said there was "no immediate prospect" of a lockdown.

"There's been incredible frustration in getting figures out of them". It's superficial and its description of Leicester is inaccurate and certainly it does not provide us with the information we need if we are to remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country.

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

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is reviewing coronavirus legislation needed to impose a local lockdown after 658 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city in the two weeks to June 16, according to a Sunday Times report.

"With local flare-ups it is right we have a localised solution in terms of infection control, social distancing, testing and numerous tools actually within the Public Health England space that will come together to control the virus and to stop the spread so we can get on top of the infection", she said.

This comes amid a Sunday Times report that the United Kingdom government is preparing for its first localised lockdown "within days" as the new cases of coronavirus surge in Leicester.

"If it is decided that a local lockdown is needed the city council now has no powers to implement this, and there would need to be extensive discussion around the area to be locked down, including whether this extends beyond the city boundaries", he added.

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