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Continued lockdown in Leicester is no longer justified, the city’s mayor has said as the government prepares to decide whether to make changes to the restrictions.
Sir Peter Soulsby claimed the government had got Leicester into a “messy situation” by its handling of the local lockdown.
If only we’d had this information in advance, we’d have been able to do what they’re now doing in Blackburn, which is actually working closely with the communities and avoiding having to be locked down.
I very much regret the fact that the government didn’t trust us with this data earlier but I think now we’ve got it, we are the ones well-placed here in the city to make sure that we use it effectively.
Some streets have no issue at all and in other streets nearby you’ve got a major issue, and we needed to know that at the time so we could intervene with pinpoint accuracy.
Further advice needs to be given, support needs to be given, and we needed to know where that advice and support was needed.
The secretary of state is due to make an announcement this afternoon. I expect to hear when the rest of the city, and indeed the rest of the country hears – because frankly we have not been involved in any of the decision-making about this.
We have been told what the political decisions will be, and we will be told again what the political decision will be – whether or not we come out of it.
I hope he’ll recognise that as a result of what we are already doing here in the city, we are dramatically driving down the transmission of the virus.
Now that we do know where we need to be focusing our attention, I hope that he will allow us and trust us at a local level to work with the people of the city – and to recognise that the other 90% of the city that has been locked down, along with the area that is of concern, should be allowed to go free with the rest of the country.
I think if we are told that, there are going to be an awful lot of Leicester people who are very angry indeed.
It was quite clear that it was a political decision taken without the advice of Public Health England to take us into this lockdown in the first place.
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