The Government is considering imposing the first local lockdown “within days” following a surge in Covid-19 cases in Leicester, the Home Secretary has confirmed.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is reportedly examining the legislation required for the shutdown after it was revealed that there have been 658 cases of the coronavirus in the Leicester area in the fortnight to June 16.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Priti Patel said it was “correct” that the Government was considering the move.
Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Any powers we have are ones that the Government will have to give us because at the moment we can’t just say we’re locking down all or a part of the city.”
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