Boris Johnson faces grilling amid confusion over coronavirus lockdown extension in Leicester
One hundred days after restrictions came into force across the country, ministers are facing questions over whether they were too slow to act following a flare up in the east Midlands city.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who faces Mr Johnson in the Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, said people in Leicester were “crying out” for answers.
Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby criticised the Government and Public Health England (PHE) for delays in sharing cases and testing data which showed how the disease was spreading.
Mr Johnson paid tribute to the people in the city for their “forbearance” in accepting the return of controls including the shutting of non-essential shops and the closure of schools to most children.
There was frustration among businesses at having to turn away customers as the rest of England was preparing for a further opening-up with the return of pubs and restaurants on Saturday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government had no choice but to impose a city-wide lockdown after a series of targeted measures .
“It was clear that we needed to take this further action,” he said following talks in Whitehall on Tuesday.
“I understand that people in Leicester have difficulties – especially when the rest of the country is having lockdown measures lifted – that they are going to be asked to stay at home for that much longer.
“But it is profoundly in the interests of people in Leicester and across the country that we get this virus under control.”