I really don't know why politicians suddenly got excited over Leicester. There was a slight rise a week ago but that has now completely petered out. Surrounding Leicestershire is also presently at zero.
'Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has played down the prospects of there being a Leicester localised lockdown to combat a spike of coronavirus cases in the city.
'The Labour Leicester South MP said he was briefed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Saturday after there had been reports the city might be the first in the UK to have a localised lockdown imposed within days.
'Home secretary Priti Patel appeared to confirm such a move was a possibility when she was asked this morning, on the Andrew Marr Show, about suggestions of a localised lockdown, saying “That is correct", before then outlining measures that did not amount to a lockdown.
'Mr Ashworth subsequently said, in a Radio 4 interview: “I listened carefully to the Home Secretary on Marr and I wonder if she got slightly in a muddle or inadvertently misled viewers, because I was very pleased to receive a briefing yesterday from the Health Secretary as a local member of parliament.
“Yes we have a spike in infections here in Leicester, yes we have to respond to that with extra testing capacity and extra support for the local authority, but nobody is proposing a local lockdown in the way that appears to have been presented in the media. Matt Hancock and I were at one with that."
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