On Monday night the UK’s first local lockdown was officially announced, covering Leicester local authority and some of its neighbouring areas such as Glenfield, Oadby and Birstall. All non-essential shops and schools have been asked to close for an additional two weeks, while easing of restrictions planned for England from this Saturday will not go ahead in the area.
As of the end of June, the cumulative number of infections in Leicester (since the beginning of the Covid crisis) was around 1,452, which corresponds to 283 per 100,000 population. In the last month, the city has seen an 11 per cent growth in cases reported from Pillar 1 testing, and an even larger increase in positive cases from commercial testing. This is far higher than the national average (3 per cent) and only a few other cities – including Northampton, Basildon, Southend and Barnsley – have seen a fast rise in cases.