Coronavirus: Leicester could be first city to go into local lockdown amid ‘spike’ in COVID-19 cases

Derrick Santistevan

The home secretary has actually verified that Leicester could be the first city to go into a local lockdown, over reports of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Priti Patel, when asked on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show whether the city was going to see brand-new limitations enforced, stated: “Well, that is right.

“We have seen flare-ups across the country in recent weeks, in just the last three or four weeks in particular.”

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) stated on Sunday that Leicester was a location of issue and advised homeowners to be vigilant versus the infection.

It stopped short of stating a local lockdown was most likely, however The Sunday Times reported that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had actually been analyzing legal elements of the shutdown following a rise in cases.

There have actually been reports that Leicester had 658 brand-new cases in the 2 weeks to 16 June.

Public Health England, nevertheless, states there have actually been 50 cases reported in the city in the 10 days to 26 June, taking the overall to 1,046 because the start of the pandemic.

The DHSC stated additional screening centers would be supplied in the city as part of efforts to enhance the test and tracesystem

Pushed on the Leicester lockdown, Ms Patel added: “There will be support going into Leicester and in reality the health secretary was in touch with numerous of us over the weekend discussing some of the steps, the assistance on screening, resources that will go into the local authority.

“With local flare-ups it is right we have a localised solution in terms of infection control, social distancing, testing and many of the tools actually within the Public Health England space which will come together to control the virus.”

Reports of a spike in cases have actually triggered alarm in the city’s BAME neighborhood.

A Number Of the cases are reported to have actually been in east Leicester, which, like the city, has a big South Asian-origin population.

Office for National Data figures have actually revealed that BAME populations have actually been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, with the chance of death substantially greater.

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A DHSC representative stated: “We are supporting the council and local partners in Leicester to assistance avoid even more transmission of the infection.

” We have actually released 4 mobile screening websites and made countless home screening sets offered, to ensure anybody in the location who requires a test can get one.

” NHS Test and Trace will get in touch with anybody screening favorable to assist them determine their current contacts and encourage who might have been near to somebody with the infection to remain at home to avoid the spread.

” We advise individuals of Leicester to continue to practice social distancing, clean their hands frequently, get evaluated right away if they have signs and follow the guidance they get if called by NHS Test and Trace. This guidance exists to secure neighborhoods and conserve lives.”

According to Sky News analysis of PHE information, the variety of cases occurring in Leicester in the last fortnight is well behind numerous other towns, cities and local authority locations.

It raises the possibility of capacity local lockdowns in other locations.

Former federal government chief clinical officer Sir Mark Walport informed Sky News it would be essential to “clamp down” as clusters start to come back.

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He stated: “The … thing that is ending up being clear now is that when break outs happen, they usually happen in clusters and we’re seeing particular workplace, for instance food-processing factories, as being relatively typical locations for those clusters to occur.

” In Korea for instance, they discovered that locations of praise were locations that clusters have actually emerged and the common measure being inside your home, being crowded, being there for extended time periods and loud environments where people are screaming and coughing therefore there is more bead transmission.

“And so, again, it comes back to local control being really important to identify those clusters when they happen and clamp down on them quickly.”

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