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Here’s a write up by political reporters Simon Murphy and Kate Proctor on the local lockdown in Leicester, and the critics who accuse the government of sowing confusion.
Enforcing an extension to the Leicester lockdown will mean changes to the law, Hancock said on Monday morning. But Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth, whose constituency is Leicester South, urged him to hold a press conference to answer questions on the lockdown.
“The government’s response to the situation in Leicester has left people anxious and confused,” the shadow health secretary said. “We support the government’s decision to reintroduce lockdown restrictions. However, there are a number of outstanding questions about how the government intends to implement these restrictions and get the outbreak back under control.”
Leicester’s director of public health, Dr Ivan Browne, has said the city will experience an “intensification” of the public health messaging around coronavirus restrictions, PA Media reports.
He said people in the city should continue adhering to the 2-metre rule, washing their hands regularly and wearing face coverings in public places, while some restrictions are lifted elsewhere in the UK.
Now that we are getting postcode data, that’s been hugely helpful for us, my team have crunched that data and we are now getting to that point where we are down to local areas, so that means we can have a real good attempt to try and make sure we are tailoring our messages and we are providing the testing resources that are needed.
We have good engagement nationally to pick up testing requirements, it’s much easier now than it was, we can make that call now for additional testing resources, which you will start to see appearing across the city.”