Coronavirus: More local lockdowns could be 'just days away'

Coronavirus: More local lockdowns could be 'just days away'

Published by Harry Long at 2:22pm 1st July 2020. (Updated at 3:45pm 1st July 2020)

It's understood further local lockdowns similar to the one in Leicester could be "just days away".

  • Local lockdown similar to the one in Leicester could be imposed over the coming days.  
  • They could be put in place in areas in England where coronavirus cases are rising.
  • The Bradford District is one of the areas with highest infection rates of the virus.   

Sources in Public Health England and the Department for Health told Sky News they are "working collaboratively", focusing on the areas in England where coronavirus cases are rising.

It comes as Bradford is revealed as one of the worst affected regions (with at least 45 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 21 June).

A new snapshot for the week ending 28 June is due to be published tomorrow.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council Leader, said:  

“We know that figures from Public Health England show Bradford with a high number of infections along with a number of other northern authorities, although we are some way behind Leicester. The number of people testing positive for the virus is still too high and we continue to work hard with all our partners to prevent infection spreading as no one wants a second lockdown.  

“ As we take more and more steps towards returning to a more normal life, it’s easy to believe that COVID-19 is less of a threat to our health and the health of our family and friends. This is simply not the case. We urge all residents to continue to follow the guidelines around staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, washing hands frequently and ensuring that they self-isolate and get tested if they, or anyone in their household, develop any symptoms.  

"We must all stay vigilant, we don’t want to see a second spike of cases that inevitably would mean more deaths.  Don’t be conned into thinking it’s all OK now, it’s not.”