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UK News Coronavirus: Government criticised for taking 11 days to enforce Leicester lockdown

16:27  30 june  2020
16:27  30 june  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Leicester West MP Liz Kendall criticised the government for being "too slow" to liaise with the city council, and added: "Over [the] last few days there Meanwhile, South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa said he was working to get "necessary clarity" over the areas affected by the localised lockdown .

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a man and a woman walking down a street: People in the centre of Leicester after the Health Secretary Matt Hancock imposed a local lockdown following a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. People in the centre of Leicester after the Health Secretary Matt Hancock imposed a local lockdown following a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. a blurry photo of a forest © Yahoo News UK

The government has been criticised for taking 11 days to reimpose a coronavirus lockdown in Leicester.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons on Monday evening that restrictions would return to the East Midlands city and its surrounding areas.

Non-essential shops are closed from Tuesday while schools will shut their doors to most pupils from Thursday.

People are also being told to avoid all but essential travel to, from, and within Leicester and should stay at home as much as possible.

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3. 11 pm BST 15: 11 . The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has recorded one further death in Northern Ireland, taking the total in the region to Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is speaking council leaders from Leicester at 1.30pm to discuss the response to the coronavirus outbreaks in

3. 11 pm BST 15: 11 . The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has recorded one further death in Northern Ireland, taking the total in the region to Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is speaking council leaders from Leicester at 1.30pm to discuss the response to the coronavirus outbreaks in

There have been questions from politicians and businesses amid confusion about how exactly the Leicester lockdown will work.

And the government has been accused of dithering in its response to the new surge of cases in Leicester, with both the city’s mayor and the Labour Party accusing it of being slow to react, saying it doesn’t bode well for any future outbreaks in other parts of the UK.

After announcing the lockdown in the Commons, Hancock was questioned by shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth.

The Leicester South MP referenced prime minister Boris Johnson’s “whack-a-mole strategy” for dealing with local outbreaks.

a large building: Quiet streets in Leicester City centre as Leicester returns to Lockdown amid a spike in Coronavirus cases in the city © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Quiet streets in Leicester City centre as Leicester returns to Lockdown amid a spike in Coronavirus cases in the city

Ashworth said: "We were alerted to the situation in Leicester 11 days ago and now we've got tonight from the secretary of state the whack-a-mole strategy.

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Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the But Opposition may well have questions about why speculation built for a few days before taking action. The Government ’s extension of Leicester ’s lockdown has been criticised by businesses, saying

Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the But Opposition may well have questions about why speculation built for a few days before taking action. The Government ’s extension of Leicester ’s lockdown has been criticised by businesses, saying

"Doesn't he agree that if we're as a nation to ease the lockdown smoothly then those areas that do see flare-ups will need greater speed in the response, otherwise we risk no moles getting whacked?"

Ashworth said the government’s response to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Leicester had left people “anxious and confused”.

Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby suggested the new lockdown should have been brought in much sooner.

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Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, he said: "The secretary of state announced that he believed there was an outbreak in Leicester the best part of two weeks ago.

"Since then, we've been struggling to get information from them about what data they had, what led them to believe there was a particular problem here, and struggling to get them to keep the level of testing in Leicester."

“I wish they had taken a more speedy decision rather than leaving it 11 days from the secretary of state's first announcement.

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3. 11 pm BST 15: 11 . The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has recorded one further death in Northern Ireland, taking the total in the region to Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is speaking council leaders from Leicester at 1.30pm to discuss the response to the coronavirus outbreaks in

Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the But Opposition may well have questions about why speculation built for a few days before taking action. The Government ’s extension of Leicester ’s lockdown has been criticised by businesses, saying

"That's a long gap, and a long time for the virus to spread."

Peter Soulsby wearing a suit and tie: Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby speaks to the media in Leicester City Centre as speculation grows about a localised lockdown in Leicester © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby speaks to the media in Leicester City Centre as speculation grows about a localised lockdown in Leicester

However, Hancock insisted the government had not been too slow to act, but that its targeted action had not worked and so a wider lockdown was required.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday: "People knew 11 days ago because I set it out that there was an outbreak in Leicester, and we were working on it before then.

"And I'd been talking to the council and working with public health experts and Public Health England, and we've been monitoring and we've been putting in place the targeted action that has worked in other cases.

"In this case it hasn't worked over that period and so we needed to take further action which we took last night."

Hancock said there had been an "unusually high" incidence of coronavirus in children in Leicester, while the city council said that 944 new COVID-19 cases had been reported in the past two weeks.

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The UK government has reportedly recommended extending Leicester 's lockdown amid a spike in cases. But the city's mayor is not convinced. The English city of Leicester may have to keep coronavirus restrictions in place for a further two weeks after a spike in cases.

Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the But Opposition may well have questions about why speculation built for a few days before taking action. The Government ’s extension of Leicester ’s lockdown has been criticised by businesses, saying

The unsuccessful targeted action involved trying to contain the spread of coronavirus after outbreaks in factories and workplaces.

Matthew Hancock wearing a suit and tie: Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking in the House of Commons, London, during the Health and Social Care Oral questions session. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaking in the House of Commons, London, during the Health and Social Care Oral questions session.

Hancock told BBC Breakfast: "We have been monitoring it incredibly closely, we have put in extra testing units, some of the schools in Leicester were closed already.

"We also went into some of the factories and workplaces where there was an outbreak and we put in place measures.

"These sorts of much more targeted measures have worked in other outbreaks.

"So 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."

On Tuesday, Johnson thanked the people of Leicester for their "forbearance" in dealing with the new coronavirus restrictions.

On Monday, he admitted the coronavirus crisis had been a “disaster” for the UK.

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Targeted measures failed to stop spread in Leicester – Matt Hancock .
Under the new lockdown measures, non-essential shops will close in Leicester while schools will close to most pupils from Thursday. People are also being told to avoid all but essential travel to, from, and within Leicester and should stay at home as much as possible.The planned opening of restaurants, pubs, cafes, hairdressers and cinemas across England from Saturday will also not happen in Leicester.The relaxation of shielding measures from next week is also unable to go ahead for people in the city.

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