Thursday, 02 July, 2020

United Kingdom could lock down city of Leicester after virus surge

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
Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 23:16

The Leicester area has identified 658 new Covid-19 cases in nearly two weeks since June 16.

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.

There have been 2,987 positive cases in Leicester since the pandemic began, with 29 percent of these reported in the two weeks to June 23.

Asked if there was a specific area of Leicester the report had identified as having a higher number of cases, the mayor said: "It certainly suggests that there are some wards in Leicester that have higher rates than others".

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.

A Walkers' spokesperson said: "The safety of our team and their families is our number one priority and we continue to maintain the highest level of vigilance to help prevent the spread of the virus and to protect our people".

Some, such as Doncaster, have seen a larger week-on week increase in new cases, and numerous areas seeing new upticks in Covid-19 are those in urban, densely populated areas.

He also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme of his anger, saying: "It was only last Thursday that we finally got some of the data we need but we're still not getting all of it and it was only at 1.04am that the recommendations for Leicester arrived in my inbox".

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

The Sunday Times said the Government was preparing to impose the lockdown "within days" after a surge in coronavirus cases in the city.

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

It is unclear whether that would mean just the place where an outbreak occurred, like a factory, or an entire geographical area.

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

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

The Department of Health said four mobile testing sites and thousands of home testing kits had already been sent to Leicester.

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