Sunday, 29 November 2020

UK may impose lockdown on Leicester due to rising cases

(Image: Andy Baker / leicestermercury)

LONDON: The English Midlands city of Leicester could face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

“There will be support going into Leicester and in fact the health secretary (Matt Hancock) was in touch with many of us over the weekend explaining some of the measures, the support on testing, resources that will go into the local authority as well,” Patel told the BBC.

Reports in the Sunday Times newspaper said the government was set to reimpose strict lockdown rules on Leicester “within the next few days” after a spike of 658 new cases reported in the two weeks up to June 16.

The increases were linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants and reports of large gatherings outside takeaway restaurants.

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