Matt Hancock has said the government would take further action in locking down Leicester if necessary, after restrictions were tightened again following a local outbreak.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Health Secretary said his “heart goes out to the people of Leicester” as he urged them to continue abiding by the social distancing measures.
As the rest of the country prepares to relax a whole host of coronavirus rules on Saturday, non-essential shops in the city have been told to close their doors once more.
And people have been urged against all but essential travel into, out of and within the specified area - a map of which will be published by local authorities today.
Mr Hancock said: “We can take further action if we need to and put in place more stringent legal controls but I hope that we don’t have to because I hope the people of Leicester will follow the social distancing as necessary.”
Meanwhile, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the local officials were “frustrated” by how long it took for the government to present them with the evidence for a second shutdown.
“We’re a long time into this virus and a long time into the testing for us finally to be getting the figures.
“But we’ve got it now, we are collaborating with he government, we will cooperate with this,” he said.
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