Leicester under severe lockdown due to rise in coronavirus cases
Lockdown in Leicester is now more than just a localised feature. This is because according to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock a great deal of under 18’s have now tested positive for Covid-19. This comes as Leicester was announced as the first city in the United Kingdom to be placed under lockdown by the Government.
Leicester city has already seen its non-essential shops close with schools set to close as from thursday the 2nd of July, 2020.
The Government had only recently announced that pubs, restaurants, places of worship, hairdressers and others would open throughout England, but unfortunately, that would not apply to those living in the city of Leicester for now because of the increase in Covid-19 cases.
According to Matt Hancock, the city of Leicester had a tenth of all the Covid-19 cases in England, something that is very much in line with the stats coming out of Leicester city council, that reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks leading up to the 23rd of June, 2020.
The health secretary also told the House of Commons on Monday evening: “We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.”
He said the new local measures would be in place for at least two weeks, but kept under constant review.
Mr Hancock said Leicester’s seven-day infection rate of 135 cases per 100,000 people was “three times higher than the next highest city” and admissions to hospitals were between six and 10 per day – compared to about one a day at other trusts.
He said “targeted action” at factories, workplaces and schools over the past 10 days had not worked, meaning stronger measures were needed.
“We’ve been taking this highly localised approach but unfortunately that targeted action wasn’t working in Leicester and that’s why we have taken this much broader measure,” he said.
The relaxation of shielding measures on 6 July – which will allow the most clinically vulnerable to spend more time outside – will also not take place in the city.
Mr Hancock said schools were being closed to help slow the transmission of the disease and parents in other areas should not have any fear about continuing to send their children to school.
The health secretary told BBC Breakfast there had been “an unusually high incidence” of coronavirus among children in Leicester since increased testing began in the city 10 days ago.
Closing schools on Thursday rather than immediately was “for practical reasons” such as parents needing to find childcare, he added.