Matt Hancock gives update on Leicester lockdown

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons today that the local restrictions in Leicester would be reviewed this week.

However, Mr Hancock has warned that the number of coronavirus cases in the city is “still well above” the rest of the UK, ahead of the review on Thursday.

Leicester has been subject to the UK’s first full local lockdown, with shops, and schools closed, and the reopening of pubs and restaurants postponed.

Mr Hancock told MPs: “There is a process for whether changes can be made in Leicester. The process is that we will look at 14 days of data – it is today 14 days since the measures were introduced”

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“We’ll look at that on Thursday of this week and make a public announcement, as soon as is reasonably possible, about whether and if any changes can be made to the situation in Leicester.”

“Thankfully the numbers have been coming down in Leicester and we have put in that extra testing. But the number of positive cases in Leicester is still well above the rest of the country.”

“I won’t pre-judge the decision that we’ll take on Thursday and we’ll take into account all of the data.”

“We won’t set out specific thresholds, instead we’ll look at all of the data – both the level and the rate of change – and make the appropriate decision in consultation with the local authorities.”

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