/Coronavirus UK: Leicester set to become UK’s first local lockdown

Coronavirus UK: Leicester set to become UK’s first local lockdown

Leicester could be first major local lockdown
Leicester could be the first major local lockdown (Picture: AFP)

A surge in coronavirus cases in Leicester could see the first local lockdown enforced within days.

Dozens of patients have been admitted to hospital, sparking emergency crisis plans for the area.

There were reportedly new infections at a Sainsbury’s and a sandwich factory, and five schools have now been shut.

The Sunday Times said the Government was preparing to impose the lockdown ‘within days’ after a flare-up in the city.

The paper said Health Secretary Matt Hancock had been examining legal aspects of the shutdown after it was revealed 658 new cases were recorded in the Leicester area in the two weeks to June 16.

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The Department of Health and Social Care on Sunday stopped short of saying a local lockdown was likely for Leicester, but acknowledged the city was an area of concern as it urged residents in the city to be vigilant against the virus.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A man is handed testing equiptment in his car at the Coronavirus (Covid-19 testing centre at Leicester City's King Power Stadiun on May 02, 2020 in Leicester, England. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to Downing Street this week after recovering from Covid-19, said the country needed to continue its lockdown measures to avoid a second spike in infections. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
A man is handed a Covid-19 test in his car at a testing centre in Leicester City’s King Power Stadium (Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

‘We are supporting the council and local partners in Leicester to help prevent further transmission of the virus,’ the spokesman said in a statement.

‘We have deployed four mobile testing sites and made thousands of home testing kits available, to ensure anyone in the area who needs a test can get one.

‘NHS Test and Trace will contact anyone testing positive to help them identify their recent contacts and advise who may have been near to someone with the virus to stay at home to prevent the spread.

‘We urge the people of Leicester to continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly, get tested immediately if they have symptoms and follow the advice they receive if contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

‘This advice is there to protect communities and save lives.’

The Sunday Times said Leicester’s rise in cases follows an outbreak in food production plants in the area and reports of large crowds gathering outside takeaway restaurants.

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