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Increased number of Coronavirus cases in Leicester
Posted on 7 Jul 2020
Since early June, Leicester has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We need to work quickly to reverse this trend and reduce the number of positive cases. The only way we can achieve this is if the people of Leicester work together to protect themselves, their families, community and the NHS by taking the actions needed to control the virus.
The government is introducing legislation that means Leicester and surrounding suburbs will follow stricter lockdown restrictions for a further two weeks from 4 July. Non-essential shops will be asked to close, and our bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July, as they were due to. These measures will be reviewed after two weeks.
In order to suppress transmission and bring infection rates down we are asking people to:
- Self-isolate and get tested if they start to display symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who does; isolate at home until they receive the test result.
If the test result is positive, they should isolate at home for 7 days and members of their household should isolate for 14 days.
- Stay at home as much as possible, leaving only for work, daily exercise or essentials (e.g. food shopping, caring for others).
- Avoid non-essential travel to, from and within Leicester
- Wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly, or use hand sanitiser
- Continue to shield if they have been doing so
- Maintain 2 metres (3 steps) social distancing at all times
- Strictly limit their contact with other people from outside of their household
- Not visit friends or family inside their home or any other indoor place
- Wear a face covering on public transport and when visiting hospitals, or where social distancing is difficult such as enclosed public spaces or where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet (e.g. in shops)
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, must stay at home and book a test www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
We have a number of testing sites in Leicester. For the most up to date list please visit https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-leicester-latest-news/
If you have a positive test result you need to stay at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started (longer if you still have symptoms). People in your household need to stay at home for 14 days if they remain well. If they start showing symptoms during the 14 days, they must stay at home for at least 7 days from the day when their symptoms started. Self and household isolation is very important and will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community. It is important that you read the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and follow it closely.
Young people could pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable members of their families – and the consequences for older people could be much more serious. It is especially important at this time that people do not visit parents and grandparents.
Click here to download the Coronavirus Get Tested Leaflet (PDF, 1.47MB)