Over the weekend, officials have hinted that Leicester may be the first area of England to be put into a ‘local lockdown’ of two weeks. However, Last week VB reported that the R number in the East Midlands region as risen from an estimated 0.9 (0.7-1.1) to 1 (0.8 – 1.3)!
The reported high ‘R’ number in the area means Leicester may face another two weeks of lockdown. It has been suggested that the City continue with its lockdown in a bid to control an outbreak of coronavirus in the City.
Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby told BBC Radio 4 : “It was only last Thursday that we finally got some of the data we need but we’re still not getting all of it.
“What they’re suggesting is not a return to lockdown, it seems that what they’re suggesting is that we continue the present level of restriction for a further two weeks beyond July 4”.
Officials in Leicester have not yet made any decision on the cities lockdown status.