City shut­down con­sid­ered

San Francisco Chronicle - - CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC -

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.

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