UK to reimpose lockdown on Leicester city after surge in coronavirus cases
Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday that the city might soon be subject to complete lockdown one.
“That is correct,” she said, in answer to a question on whether the East Midlands city might again face tighter restrictions on movement, after measures have been eased across England.
“We have seen flare-ups across the country already over recent weeks,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“Just in the last three or four weeks in particular, there was the example of a flare-up in one particular hospital over infection control.”
About 25% of Leicester’s 2,494 confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in the two weeks before 16 June
Mayor of the city, Sir Peter Soulsby said there was “no immediate prospect” of a lockdown.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast before Ms Patel was interviewed, he said data from testing was still being analysed.
“After many weeks of asking, we now have that data and we are analysing it over this weekend, and hopefully early next week we will know whether we have a problem and if we have, where it is.”
However, Ms Patel said she had spoken to Health Secretary Matt Hancock about a possible local lockdown, and said “extra support” would be going into the area.
“With local flare-ups, it is right we have a local solution”, she said
Months into the pandemic, fear of a second wave of infections now hangs over countries that have managed to stamp out the disease, mostly through economically and socially painful lockdowns.