Matt Hancock: ‘My heart goes out to the people of Leicester’

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 1, 2020

To arrest the spread of the virus, from Tuesday all non-essential shops will have to shut while schools will close their doors to most pupils from Thursday.

A spike in infections in Leicester means the city has three times more cases than the city with the next highest total.

He said: "Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map".

According to Matt Hancock, Leicester has somehow managed to have a whopping 10 per cent of all the country's coronavirus cases in the last week, so it's clear action needs to be taken - but human nature needs to be considered as well.

Schools will stay open for vulnerable youngsters and children of critical workers as they did before and people will be able to travel for childcare.

Matt Hancock has said the government would take further action in locking down Leicester if necessary, after restrictions were tightened again following a local outbreak.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said Mr Johnson "was referring to both the local lockdown and whack-a-mole strategies, that we've adopted for local outbreaks, rather than a local lockdown explicitly".

What geographical area is covered?

The areas include Leicester city centre as well as suburban parts of Leicestershire, including Wigston, Oadby and Blaby.

He tweeted on Monday evening: "I'm still awaiting official confirmation as to which parts of South Leicestershire are included in the local lockdown, I wouldn't want to give anyone information that isn't correct".

Mr Hancock said "in some cases" the lockdown would be enforced by police, while legal changes would be made so non-essential retail is no longer open.

Speaking with talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Health Secretary said his "heart goes out to the people of Leicester" as he urged them to continue abiding by the social distancing measures.

Leicestershire Police said: "This is a dynamic situation and we will adjust accordingly, providing proportionate policing under the relevant legislation to help keep people safe in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland".

What support is available for the people of Leicester?

Britain's health minister has said the government will change the law to enforce the local lockdown in Leicester.

Through the councils, authorities will also help workplaces with coronavirus clusters to "implement more stringently the Covid-secure guidelines".

He added: "We do still need to know more about where it is in the community".

Mr Hancock said: "We had an outbreak in Weston-super-Mare which we dealt with by shutting the hospital, shutting Global Positioning System in Enfield".

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