City shutdown considered
The government is considering a shutdown for the city of Leicester amid a spike in cases — the first time that a single U.K. area would face such an extreme measure during the pandemic.
The Sunday Times reported that a shutdown could come within days after 658 new cases were recorded in the Leicester area in the two weeks before June 16. Home Secretary Priti Patel acknowledged in a BBC interview Sunday that ministers were considering the move.
Leicester has a population of 330,000.
Britain has Europe’s worst confirmed virus death toll, with 43,600 dead and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has been criticized for what has been seen as a chaotic response to the pandemic.