Doncaster ‘could be put back on lockdown as coronavirus cases surge’

Doncaster could be put back on lockdown – after the town topped a list of places where coronavirus infections are rising.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 1:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 1:51 pm

According to national reports, there is a real risk pubs, shops and schools in Doncaster could be shut down again – after league tables show the town has seen a large number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

It comes as Leicester was put into a localised lockdown after cases spiked there.

The Telegraph reports that coronavirus cases have risen in 10 towns and counties in the past two weeks, with health officials watching these areas, ready to contain any new spikes threatening the UK's fight against the killer bug.

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Doncaster could be put back into lockdown.

It reports that Doncaster, second in the table to Leicester, saw 43 new infections - half the cases Leicester reported - within the same two week period.

Derbyshire, which borders Leicestershire, has also seen a worrying spike, with 25 new cases in the week up to June 26, a rise of 23 on the previous week.

It comes as the UK has been seeing a general trend of falling cases, after months of lockdown restrictions.

Most areas of the country had been reporting a steady decline in infections, but since mid-June, 10 spots have seen a rise.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said yesterday Leicester would be the only place in England not allowed to ease restrictions after a spike - but warned the lockdown measures could be brought back in for other rising hotspots.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking yesterday, said: "I want to stress to people that we are not out of the woods yet.

"We are making these cautious, calibrated steps, we are opening as much of hospitality as we can on July 4, opening as much of the economy as we can - some things, alas, still remain closed until they can become Covid secure.

"But to make all that possible we have to remain vigilant."

There have been 221 deaths from coronavirus in Doncaster, with more than 400 patients allowed home after treatment.