Leicester's Been Put Back in Lockdown

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

It comes as restrictions are being eased elsewhere in the United Kingdom, with parks and shops with outdoor entrances able to reopen in Scotland, and schools in Wales welcoming more pupils.

Laying out the scale of the problem, Hancock revealed Leicester now accounts for 1 in 10 new cases.

"I am determined that we will make this work and to minimise the time these additional measures need to be in place in the city".

Leicester City Council said there had been 944 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city in the past two weeks, and that an indoor testing centre would open on Tuesday at the Highfields Community Centre, with further testing sites planned.

Of these, 866 cases were reported in the last two weeks.

The people of Leicester will have to go back to an earlier stage of lockdown.

This evening, in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that they will be going ahead with the plans. Anyone with symptoms in the area is urged to get tested as soon as possible.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the government's handling had left people in the city "anxious and confused".

"These Leicester-specific measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".

"I know that this is a worrying time for people living in Leicester and I want you to know you have our full support".

The government's response to the situation has come under some criticism.

Harsher restrictions are coming into force in Leicester following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

Hancock says Leicester's infection rate is 3x higher than the next highest city in the United Kingdom, and although the government had tried "targeted action" at local schools and workplaces, a stronger solution was needed.

"What we got was more wide-ranging than we'd anticipated and I'm really grateful for that", he said. Sir Peter Soulsby explained there is little substance in the report which suggests Leicester should go into lockdown.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Sir Peter said: "I'm very angry and very frustrated this morning because the 9am meeting has been cancelled by the government officials who were due to meet with us".

He said in order to control the virus "it requires sacrifices by everybody, we need to do that in Leicester now".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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