Coronavirus : an English city, risk containment, local - The Point

Coronavirus : an English city, risk containment, local - The Point

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

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has called for a lockdown due to a "perfect storm" of poverty, positive tests and higher ethnic diversity.

"Locking down at the regional level would be seen as unfair or worse as Leicester City has really very little to do with rural Lincolnshire".

On Saturday, July 4, England will ease lockdown restrictions significantly.

According to the Sunday Times, the government is preparing to impose a confinement "in the next few days" in the city of Leicester, where 658 new cases were reported in the two weeks preceding the 16th of June.

Sir Peter later told LBC a meeting between local and government officials planned for this morning had been cancelled. News UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking in the House of Commons, London, during the Health and Social Care Oral questions session.

Sir Peter said he's yet to be persuaded the city is faring any worse than other places in England and criticised the United Kingdom government over its handling of the situation.

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He added that lockdown measures may have to be introduced in "adversely affected" parts of the city.

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.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is "quite worried" about the new figures and is considering all options on the table, the newspaper said. Four sites of screenings have been set up and thousands of screening kits in the home have been made available, said a spokesman for the ministry of Health.

The statement said that NHS Test and Trace will contact anyone who has been confined as positive and help them identify any recent contacts and advise them to stay at home to help prevent the spread.

"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".

Interviewed by the BBC, the Interior minister, Priti Patel, said that it was "accurate" that the government was considering measures to local containment.

However, councils say they do not now have the power to enforce restrictions on whole areas such as towns or cities.

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