JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Britain locks down city of Leicester after COVID-19 flare-up

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 17:11 GMT+7
Britain locks down city of Leicester after COVID-19 flare-up
A person walks past a closed pub, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Leicester, Britain, June 30, 2020. Photo: Reuters

LEICESTER, England -- Britain has imposed a stringent lockdown on the English city of Leicester following a local flare-up of the novel coronavirus just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to nudge the United Kingdom back to normality.

The United Kingdom has been one of the world’s worst-hit areas, with more than 54,000 suspected deaths, though infections have been waning in recent weeks and Johnson is rolling back nationwide restrictions to revive the economy.

However, in Leicester, in the eastern Midlands of England, the seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 people, three times higher than the next highest city.

Leicester accounted for 10% of all positive cases in England in the past week, the government said.

“We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we’ve unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky.

Asked if some aspects of the lockdown would be enforced by the police, he said: “Yes, in some cases.”

Schools close

The Leicester lockdown was overshadowing a major speech by Johnson later on Tuesday in Dudley, just 50 miles away, in which he will detail plans to rebuild the British economy after it was battered by the coronavirus lockdown.

Hancock said the government was still analysing the exact reasons behind the rise of cases in Leicester.

However, city mayor Peter Soulsby said it had been hard to get details from the government and even the exact boundaries of the lockdown.

“It’s obviously going to be quite a challenge enforcing it,” Soulsby told Sky. “Policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know actually what the area is to be policed.”

Schools in the city, where the remains of King Richard III of England were found under a car park in 2012, will close from Thursday with Hancock saying there had been an unusually high incidence of infections in children there.

“In the very significant testing that we’ve brought into Leicester ... We have seen a number of positive cases in the under 18s and that’s why we took the decision with a heavy heart to close schools in Leicester,” Hancock said.

Reuters

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news

Nokia rolls out software upgrade to 5G

Nokia said the software upgrade was available immediately for about one million radio stations, growing to 3.1 million by the end of the year and to over 5 million in 2021