Leicester lockdown: Matt Hancock threatens new laws to force people to stay in city – Latest News


He spoke after an outbreak in the city, where Public Health England have identified 2,987 cases and 866 on them in two weeks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this morning police would “in some cases” enforce the new measures.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned of using “further action” to keep Leicester in lockdown after a breakout of coronavirus in the UK city ahead of the rest of the UK opening up again

Matt Hancock has threatened to impose new laws to keep Leicester in lockdown

Leicester has seen a big spike

Essential travel may be made illegal from Leicester

“Because some of the measures that we’ve had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning.”

Leicester has been threatened by new laws to keep the city in lockdown following an outbreak.

The rest of the UK is preparing to ease out of the lockdown, with pubs, hairdressers and restaurants to re-open on July 4.

Hancock told Sky News: “We will bring forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days.

He also said a non-essential travel ban may be to be re-imposed if they had to.

But Hancock said non-essential shops will have to close in the next “day or two” along with schools in Leicester.

“We will take further action including putting in place laws if that’s necessary but I very much hope it won’t be.

Hancock said: “We are recommending against all but essential travel to and from and within Leicester.

Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, also said on the show: “As yet the Government has not announced what it accepts to be the boundary of this lockdown, so policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know what the area is to be policed.

“If further action is needed then of course we are willing to take it.”

“If the virus is out of control or spreading with the restrictions, I can’t see how extending them for a further two weeks would make any difference.”

This includes the new one metre “plus” rule, dropped from two metres if that distance is not possible.

Pubs will re-open this weekend in the rest of the UK, so long as venues adhere to strict guidelines.


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