(LONDON) #Coronavirus Lockdown Report: Pubs and Restaurants could be ‘ facing a localised locked-do wn in Leicester after a recent spike in #COVID19 cases: Speaking on BBC Breakfast before Ms Patel was interv iewed, Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said there was “no immediate prospect” of a lockdown as testing data was stil l being analysed #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.29: The city of Leicester may be facing a localised lockdown after a rise in coronavirus cases, Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed: Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, she said it was “correct” that the government was considering the move, reported in the Sunday Times…………….About 25% of Leicester’s 2,494 confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in the two weeks before 16 June:

#Coronavirus Report: Leicester lockdown: Restrictions could be extended for two weeks with data being analysed

Leicester pedestriansPA MediaHealth Secretary Matt Hancock first mentioned an “outbreak” in Leicester on 18 June

Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the city’s mayor has said: Sir Peter Soulsby said the government has recommended current restrictions are maintained for a further fortnight.

Sir Peter told the Today programme the city could “remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country”…………Mayor 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: Asked about restrictions, he said: “I don’t think that is an immediate prospect.

“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.“……….Sir Peter said he had been in constant contact with chief medical officer, and said it would have been “far better” if the level of testing in the city had been greater…….He said: “Leicester is a large urban area, a total of nearly 600,000 people, with many neighbourhoods and communities within it……..”It’s only really if we know whether there is an issue, and where it might be, we can decide what if anything we need to do”.

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

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.

‘Perfect storm’

Leicester City Council’s public health director said on 16 June the new cases – 658 – were “relatively small” but of concern.

Local health experts confirmed they were involved in planning next steps in tackling the virus, with attention focussed on the North Evington area.

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has called for a lockdown due to a “perfect storm” of poverty, positive tests and higher ethnic diversity.

She said: “I don’t know why they’re not enforcing a lockdown – the evidence suggests there should be one.”

Analysis

Tony Roe, BBC East Midlands political correspondent

Just over a week ago, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed what he called an “outbreak” of Covid-19 In Leicester. In the first fortnight of June, 658 people had tested positive: With 2,500 cases in the city since March it’s certainly a worrying statistical spike.

North Evington was identified as an area of the city with a surge in cases – it’s a community of tightly-packed terraces, mixed in with old industrial buildings and places of worship for many faiths: It’s a good representation of Leicester as a multicultural city………A mobile centre has been set up this week in Spinney Hill Park so people can now walk to get a test: But the council says it needs the data from positive tests quickly if it is to react……..It says it didn’t get the data from the first fortnight of June until Thursday, so only this weekend has been able to plot where the Covid-19 cases are: The data also doesn’t give an ethnicity breakdown, which mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says would be vital in helping understand which parts of the community are being affected by the virus – he’s asked the health secretary for this data.

Leicester has seen a number of Covid-19 cases in recent days: Several schools have been affected. Herrick Primary in Rushey Mead; Moat Community College in Highfields; Whitehall Primary in Rowlatts Hill; and Humberstone Junior and Humberstone Infant academies have all closed for a number of days…………Business has been hit, too, with three people testing positive at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Melton Road, food manufacturer Samworth Brothers confirming a “handful” of cases at its Beaumont Leys sites and an unconfirmed number at the Pladis factory in South Wigston:

What could local lockdowns look like in England?

A spike in coronavirus cases has led to fears that Leicester could face a local lockdown: This morning, the Home Secretary Priti Patel said that with “local flare ups its right to have a localised solution: However, it is not sure exactly what that would look like.

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: June.29: 2020:

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