Leicester to remain under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

Leicester to remain under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in addition to schools being closed, shops in the city that did not sell essential goods, such as food and medicines, would have to shut their doors again, barely two weeks after reopening.

He said the government had to take "difficult but important decisions" for the benefit of Leicester's population, which is thought to number around 350,000.

The city has witnessed a surge in infections in the past month, with Leicester alone accounting for roughly 10 percent of all positive cases in the United Kingdom last week, according to figures published Monday.

Despite the local lockdown, Mr Hancock said Leicester's home Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Saturday will go ahead.

"We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly in the next couple of days", Matt Hancock said.

Unfortunately, as we now know, for the city of Leicester this isn't to be the case (since 23 June there have been 866 positive COVID-19 cases recorded there) and it's now the first place experiencing a "local lockdown".

In what he described as his "whack-a-mole strategy", "where you have a local flare up you've got to empower local authorities to crack down on it properly", he told Times Radio in an interview.

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The lockdown applies to Leicester city centre, but also the surrounding areas including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield.

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. Because it's in everyone's interest that we control the virus as locally as possible. Alongside the easing of these national restrictions, we've increasingly taken local action.

He added: "Whether it's a blue line on a map or a radius from the clock tower right at the heart of the city, I think we all need to know".

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton said "protecting residents is our main concern" and added it "makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city". "We really need to speed this up". "We're keen to get back to pulling pints, show off our beer garden makeover and get back to doing what we do best, but ultimately we don't want to reopen if it won't be safe for our customers and if that means waiting a little bit longer then we will totally support that decision".

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will use a keynote speech in the West Midlands on Tuesday to say his message is "build, build, build" as the United Kingdom comes out of lockdown after the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the Government intends to spend £5 billion "to accelerate infrastructure projects".

The exact boundaries are expected to be set out by the government later on Tuesday.

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