Latest testing data reveals hundreds more diagnosed with Covid-19 in Leicester

The latest data on coronavirus testing in the city reveals almost 900 people tested positive for the virus over a two-week period this month.

Leicester city council was provided with detailed testing information for the first time on Thursday (25 June), one week after the Secretary of State Matt Hancock announced that there was a local outbreak in Leicester.

The latest figures as at 23 June 2020 from Public Health England show that 2,987 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Leicester since the start of the epidemic. Of these, 866 cases were reported in the last two weeks.

The surge in cases has led to reports that the city could be the first in the UK to be placed under localised lockdown within days.

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However, City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said there has been no discussion with the Government about the need for a local lockdown, and data received just three days ago needs to be properly analysed before any further actions can be agreed.

The council has also been working with the Government to provide more testing facilities in the city and to reinforce current guidelines around social distancing and hand hygiene, and to introduce local messaging around limiting contact with others.

Sir Peter said: “More testing and immediate access to the data is key to determining what intervention is needed. Whether that intervention is giving more advice or something more dramatic we don’t yet know.”

“If it is decided that a local lockdown is needed the city council currently has no powers to implement this, and there would need to be extensive discussion around the area to be locked down, including whether this extends beyond the city boundaries.”

There are currently three mobile testing sites in the city in Evington, Spinney Hill Park and Victoria Park. There is also a more permanent site on the edge of the city at Birstall park and ride.

Options for a fifth testing site are currently being explored.

Anyone in Leicester who has symptoms, or thinks they have been in contact with someone who has, can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

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