The Health Secretary told the House of Commons that there will be a further review into lifting the lockdown in two weeks. Mr Hancock also praised the people of Leicester for complying with the lockdown rules while the rest of the country has been able to get back to some normailty.
Yesterday Mr Hancock said regarding Leicester on ITV’s Peston: “The formal decision will be taken over the next 24 hours.
“Tomorrow I will be speaking to the leadership of Leicester and having meetings on this. “
“The infection rate has come down in Leicester. It’s still a lot higher than elsewhere. And, so, I don’t want to prejudge a decision tomorrow.”
Yesterday the Mayor of Leicester called for the lockdown on the city to be lifted.
Sir Peter Soulsby said on Wednesday: “Together with other local authority leaders throughout England, we have been asking for some weeks for neighbourhood data about the coronavirus testing in our areas.
“We have now received the first set of that data.
“This clearly shows that the areas most significantly affected by the virus are those with high levels of deprivation in the inner city.
“Given what this data shows, it is no longer possible to justify the continuation of the ‘lockdown’ across the remaining 90% of the Greater Leicester area.”
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