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Leicester lockdown: Mobile testing units sent in as urgent alert issued over new spike

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The Department for Health has this afternoon confirmed it has deployed four mobile testing sites in Leicester and has dispatched thousands of home testing kits to residents to prevent an outbreak.

A spokesman for the Department for Health said: “We urge the people of Leicester to continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly, get tested immediately if they have symptoms and follow the advice their receive if contacted by NHS Test and Trace.”

The move comes after the Sunday Times reported that the Government was preparing to put the Midlands city into lockdown “within days” after a surge in coronavirus cases.

Fears of a second spike in the virus emerged after it was revealed 658 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Leicester in the two weeks to June 16.

This is a developing news story, more to follow.

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