UK government considers lockdown in Leicester as COVID-19 infections surge

The British government is considering imposing a lockdown in the city of Leicester after a surge of coronavirus cases there, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior government sources.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is examining a legislation required for the shutdown after it was disclosed that Leicester, a city of around 350,000 people in the East Midlands, has had over 650 COVID-19 cases in the fortnight to June 16th, the newspaper reported.

Hancock, who last week sent in a mobile testing unit, is said to be "quite worried" and is considering "all options", including imposing a localised lockdown, according to the report.

There are now 2,459 people in Leicestershire who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Public Health England figures released at the weekend.

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