Leicester lockdown: Restrictions might be prolonged for 2 weeks


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Image caption Health Secretary Matt Hancock first talked about an “outbreak” in Leicester on 18 June

Pubs and eating places in Leicester might keep closed for 2 extra weeks on account of a surge in coronavirus instances, the town’s mayor has mentioned.

Sir Peter Soulsby mentioned the federal government has beneficial present restrictions are maintained for an additional fortnight.

Sir Peter informed the Today programme the town may “remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country”.

On Sunday the home secretary mentioned the town confronted a attainable native lockdown.

Last week the prime minister introduced coronavirus restrictions throughout England could be eased from 4 July.

But Sir Peter mentioned he had obtained an e-mail from the federal government in a single day and “it seems they’re suggesting we continue the present level of restriction for a further two weeks, beyond 4 July”.

“That’s very different from the dramatic ‘lockdown in Leicester’ that was being briefed over the weekend.”

Sir Peter criticised the report as “superficial” and mentioned “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”.

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Media captionHome Secretary Priti Patel: “It is right we have a local solution”

Sir Peter later informed LBC a gathering between native and authorities officers deliberate for this morning had been cancelled.

In the 2 weeks to 23 June, there have been 866 optimistic instances within the metropolis – 29% of the two,987 who’ve examined optimistic for the reason that pandemic started.

Speaking on Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Patel mentioned she had spoken to Health Secretary Matt Hancock a few attainable native lockdown, and “extra support” could be going into the world.

“With local flare-ups, it is right we have a local solution,” she mentioned.

The Department of Health mentioned 4 cellular testing websites and 1000’s of home testing kits had already been despatched to Leicester.

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Image caption Testing has been stepped up within the metropolis over the previous ten days

Ivan Browne, the town’s director of public well being, mentioned he had obtained extra detailed knowledge on native instances.

“Interestingly it’s very much around the younger working-age population and predominately towards the east part of our city,” he informed BBC Radio 4.

“I do not suppose in the meanwhile we’re seeing a single trigger or single smoking gun on this, so we actually have to attempt to dig down and discover out what’s going on and it is prone to be a mix of things.

“Information has been challenging all the way through this.”

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has referred to as for a lockdown on account of a “perfect storm” of poverty, optimistic exams and better ethnic variety.

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