Concerns about a "leper" effect have emerged today after tourist destinations have announced they will turn away visitors from Leicester.
The Pentewan Sands holiday park near St. Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook that it was no longer open to visitors from the city of East Midlands.
There were also concerns about travel destinations near Leicester. Health officials in Skegness said they were concerned about the prospect that visitors could travel from an area with a higher infection rate than ours.
Local child protection officer Tracy Jebbet (pictured with her family) announced that her upcoming vacation in Cornwall had just been canceled
The Pentewan Sands holiday park near St. Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook that it was no longer open to visitors from the city of East Midlands
While pubs, hotels and campsites are reopening this weekend in the rest of the UK, Leicester has been directed to take the other route. Schools must close, along with non-essential businesses, and people should stay at home.
Many residents say that they now see themselves branded as outcasts.
"We are like the leper in Leicester," Tracy Jebbet, local child protection officer, told Radio Leicester when she announced that her upcoming vacation in Cornwall had just been canceled.
The management of her St. Austell campsite – Pentewan Sands – has announced a ban on all bookings from Leicester and has told her that she cannot go.
Ms. Jebbet from West Knighton said she traveled on July 11th, but does not now know when to rebook.
The 50-year-old told the BBC: "We have not received an email from the park and cannot reach it.
"I understand that this is for the safety of the people and staff camping there, but we have followed 110% of the blocking guidelines and feel punished," she said.
"We are regulars there and looked forward to it, but I felt like a Leicester leper when I saw the post."
In a Facebook post, Holiday Park Pentewan Sands wrote: "After the government's announcement last night that the city of Leicester and some surrounding areas would return to stricter restrictions, we regret that until then we will not be able to greet guests from these affected areas." The lock is released.
"We are aware that this will be disappointing news and that these areas can be updated throughout the day."
As Leicester continues to be subject to strict new blocking measures today, the following has also emerged:
- A recent report found an increase in cases of coronavirus in Leicester, and the growing number of people carrying the virus may be due in part to "increasing availability of tests" in the city.
- The fashion chain Boohoo defended its supply chain practices after a group for textile workers' rights declared that the online fashion retailer had exposed workers in their Leicester factories to the risk of coronavirus infection.
- University of Leicester academics and clinicians said that reintroducing the blockade is a "failure to intervene in time";
- Drinkers are asked to prove that they are not from Leicester if they are The nation's pubs will reopen on Saturday.
- The measures will not be lifted in Leicester on July 4, and union leader Sir Keir Starmer warned that "there are now real concerns about further local closures across the country."
A city council works with garbage from a coronavirus test center at Spinney Hill Park in Leicester
Pictured: The restricted area in Leicester, where some Brits are locked while their neighbors are not
The data show how the Coronavirus outbreak in Leicester has increased over time. The UK figures only include first pillar swab tests which, according to official sources, are only given to patients with medical needs or key personnel
According to Public Health England, the increase in tests could be behind some of the increase that was not caused by a particular outbreak
A report released today found a recent surge in Leicester's coronavirus cases, and the growing number of people carrying the virus may be due in part to "increasing availability of tests" in the city.
The report found that about half of all cases occurred in Asians or British Asians living in Leicester and concentrated in the east of the city, where two thirds of the local population are BAME communities.
The PHE report showed an increase in the number of people under the age of 19 infected in the city of East Midlands from 5 percent of all cases in mid-May to 15 percent in June and a similar increase in infections among workers – people.
The report states that the increase in positive tests "is likely due in part to the availability of tests to the general public".
The NHS set up another temporary coronavirus test center in north-east Leicester – the epicenter of the city's Covid 19 outbreak – and increased the total to five in the city.
Experts have said that increased testing may be responsible for the increase in cases – but not fully responsible.
Prof. Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the UEA in Norwich, said: & # 39;It is possible – although I believe it is unlikely – that the increase, as outlined in the conclusions, reflects the increased inclusion of second pillar tests. "
The report concluded that evidence of the extent of the outbreak was limited, but the proportion of positives from PCR tests – the national standard for identifying new coronavirus cases – is increasing.
The preliminary investigation report released on Wednesday evening found that the infection rate in the city had dropped from 140.2 to 135.7 per 100,000 people from the week to June 20 to the seven days before June 27.
This is still significantly higher than the overall infection rate in England, which fell from 10.7 to 6.7 per 100,000 over the same period – despite the relaxation of some blocking restrictions.
Customers can transfer their vacation or request a refund.
The Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay also wrote on Facebook: "Unfortunately we will not be able to greet guests from these postcodes (in Leicester) until this block is lifted."
Public Health Lincolnshire deputy director Tony McGinty said Skegness – the next resort in Leicester – may still see tourists arriving, but is "concerned" about the arrival of tourists from the region.
This is the result of a report that today saw a recent surge in coronavirus cases in Leicester, and the growing number of people who carry the virus may be partly due to "increasing availability of tests" in the city.
The Public Health England investigation also found that “there have been no explanatory outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals or industrial processes” after the increase in infections led to the UK's first local closure.
Health Minister Matt Hancock tightened restrictions on Leicester and nearby suburbs on Monday, ordered non-essential businesses to close, and urged people not to travel to or from the area.
The NHS set up another temporary coronavirus test center in north-east Leicester – the epicenter of the city's Covid 19 outbreak – and increased the total to five in the city.
British fast fashion chain Boohoo also defended its supply chain practices today after a group for textile workers' rights said the online fashion retailer at its Leicester factories had put workers at risk of coronavirus infection.
Labor Behind the Label, which campaigns for workers' rights, said in a report that it had received reports that workers were forced to come to work with COVID-19 during the illness.
In the meantime, scientists and clinicians from the University of Leicester said that reintroducing the blockade is a "failure to intervene in time".
In a letter to the Lancet Medical Journal, the group of academics and clinicians wrote that the rise in regional infections has identified "key issues" that "need to be addressed" urgently.
However, the signatories to the letter report that the news of the city's outbreak surprised local health organizations, who at that time could only access Pillar 1 data.
Column 1 data – tests performed in NHS and PHE laboratories – showed that the number of new cases per day in the first half of June was low, according to the authors.
The academics and clinicians wrote that information about Pillar 2, tests of the wider community, indicated an ongoing increase, but was "not communicated to local authorities and health organizations" in time.
The correspondence raises concerns that area-specific closures “target and disproportionately affect ethnic minority communities,” adding that compliance with the proposed measures requires effective community engagement.
The letter, signed by seven university academics and clinicians, calls for a coordinated response to public health that is "locally led, agile, and responsive to prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality."
Roadblocks could be imposed to enforce the country's first local closure as police said they were considering "all options" in Leicester as cases in the city continued to increase.
Yesterday Walkers Chips confirmed that 28 of their employees in their Leicester plant, which employs more than 1,400 people, had tested positive for Covid-19.
However, the manufacturer denied that the increase in cases in the city was triggered by the factory outbreak, and said some employees who had tested positive had already returned to work.
Seventh Regiment members operate the Levington Leisure Center's Covid-19 test facility in Leicester, according to a report by Public Health England that the increase in cases in the city may be due to increased testing in general
About half of the positive cases concerned the Asian and British-Asian communities in Leicester
Statistics show that the vast majority of cases are in the labor force, ages 18 to 65
Most of the test results were positive for Pillar 2 – which means that they were received in the community rather than in hospitals and nursing homes
This graph shows that the positive cases were concentrated in the east of the city center with the highest numbers in dark blue
Pub owners in Nottingham will require tax certificates from customers to prove that they are not from Leicester, as bars outside of the restricted city limits are instructed by the police to prepare for massacre on "Super Saturday".
Pub owners in Nottingham will ask guests to provide tax certificates to prove that they are not from Leicester, as bars outside the restricted area are asked to prepare for "Super Saturday".
Police have advised landlords across the city, 30 miles north of Leicester, to prepare for a rush of cordoned-off customers when the premises reopen this weekend.
Landlords and licensees in Nottingham attended a zoom meeting this afternoon, where the police and local authorities informed them about the situation.
Many of the city's pubs will now ask drinkers to prove with municipal taxes or electricity bills that they are from Nottingham before they can serve them a long-awaited beer.
Health minister Matt Hancock extended blocking measures in the city of East Midlands on Monday after a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases. Unnecessary shops were closed again and schools closed on Thursday.
Sheila Martin, who lives outside the restricted area, had been looking forward to opening her pub The Black Horse in Blaby on Saturday until Leicester's closure
Pictured: Adam Cropper, one of the owners of Ned Ludd in Nottingham, who is preparing for the reopening on July 4th
The nationwide easing of restrictions this Saturday – including the reopening of pubs, hair salons and restaurants – will not extend to the city.
Nottingham venues have already canceled pre-booked pub sessions from Leicester visitors, and Castle Rock Brewery will require proof of address before guests are seated.
The required ID may include tax bills, utility bills, or student loan letters.
Lewis Townsend, marketing director at Castle Rock, told Nottingham Post: “In accordance with government guidelines, we will provide names and contact details on the door and customers may be required to provide ID and zip code information.
"We know that this can lead to disappointments, but we simply have to ensure the safety and well-being of our teams and customers."
Robert Glasby, manager of the Playhouse Bar and Kitchen in Nottingham, said: "I understand that these are drastic measures and in some cases will not be fair, but these are precautions that we must take to ensure the safety of our city and its people to guarantee."
Those who are within a government-drawn border in Leicestershire and are faced with extended blocking rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus following a recent increase in cases in the city.
Matt Keshavarz, manager of Nottingham's Oz Bar, is confident that if he opens his doors on Saturday for the first time in three months, he'll be able to spot bar tourists
Debbie Murray, 55, is desperately disappointed that she can't open the Star and Garter in Wigston, Leicester
Leicester has an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than in the next higher region. Hospital admissions are also far above the norm at six to ten per day.
Under the barrier, those living in the area cannot make unnecessary trips, and pubs remain closed, which fears that a large number of residents will drive 30 miles to Nottingham for a drink.
"The police have told us they are preventing large groups from traveling and they have spoken to bus companies," said Gavin Morrison of Magpie Brewery, who runs the Crafty Crow in Nottingham.
"They told us we should set up booking systems that could help identify people from Leicester."
However, some landlords are not convinced that they can sort out their neighbors' drinkers in the East Midlands.
"The police said it was difficult because you can see their zip code on their driver's license, but they can't see if they actually live in the restricted area," said Adam Cropper, one of the owners of Ned Ludd.
"You cannot zoom in on the map of the restricted area and check the zip code. It is therefore impossible for me to monitor the police."
Pictured: Ms. Martin has prepared her pub with tape over seats and social distance signs
According to government regulations, pubs are expected to write down the details of the drinkers so that they can be traced in the event of a Covid 19 outbreak related to a building.
However, a driver's license may not be displayed. If proof of identity is requested and given as a passport, the address of the person is not checked, only the place of birth.
"You could give us any name or address," added Mr. Cropper.
A landlord in another downtown bar who didn't want to be named was more abrupt. "People are not being honest," he said. "Everyone tells lies".
But Matt Keshavarz, manager of Nottingham's Oz Bar, is confident that if he opens his doors on Saturday for the first time in three months, he'll be able to spot bar tourists.
"People from Leicester won't come in," he said. “It's nothing against the people in Leicester, it only protects our customers and employees.
The Oz Bar is fully booked on Saturday and expects 170 customers, compared to the usual 520.
A person walks past a closed pub in Leicester after the onset of coronavirus disease
Health minister Matt Hancock extended blocking measures in the city of East Midlands (pictured) on Monday after a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases
The pub asked for postcodes and will request a driver's license at the door upon arrival of the booked guests. However, Mr. Keshavarz accepts that some people may use a passport.
& # 39; There are other cases of coronavirus in Leicester and they have decided to remain banned. My message would be to follow the guidelines. Stay home and stay safe.
"There is a high risk that people will come from Leicester, but the police have announced that they will try to monitor it."
Sheila Martin had been looking forward to opening her The Black Horse pub in Blaby on Saturday until Leicester's ban.
As the popular landlord is 50 meters outside the restricted area, she pushes ahead with her plans, but now she is nervous and feared to be overwhelmed by residents from restricted areas who are desperately looking for a beer.
"I'm very concerned," said 56-year-old Sheila, who has been running the community bar for 18 years.
As she was preparing to cover her 1959 premises with black and yellow warning tape to indicate social distance, Ms. Martin told MailOnline: “No one else will open in Blaby, and I think there will be an insane rush from everywhere give . That's why I only have regular guests. I will be at the door. & # 39;
Leicester has an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than in the next higher region
Hospital admissions are also well above the norm at six to ten per day
As a precaution, pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in North Evington, Leicester
On a busy Saturday night, Ms. Martin could serve 200 customers, but this weekend she's limited to just 60, who will be accommodated in the rear bar for a one-way system to work and in the fenced off parking lot for table insertion.
Ms. Martin is ready to ask for driver's licenses to check postcodes, but most lucky ones who get access simply know them by sight.
"Other nearby pubs will remain closed until the city reopens," said Ms. Martin, whose regular guests have asked that after three months of thirsty waiting, they finally open the doors.
"Judging by my Facebook people, they're ready for a drink," said Sheila, who lost £ 120,000 in revenue during the Trust Inns Pub lockout.
"We said that we will open at 12 noon on Saturday and most people replied that they will be camping outside."
A few miles down in Wigston, another landlady, Debbie Murray, 55, is desperately disappointed that she can't open the Star and Garter.
The traditional Everards pub, which was once an old coach house and dates from 1879, is only a few meters inside the restricted area and must therefore remain closed.
"I put so much into the preparation, I was excited and I just finished everything, and then I was told there was another two-week ban. Well, I just burst into tears," said Ms. Murray, with her Husband runs the pub, Darren, 57.
The inn with several rooms can accommodate around 200 people when it is full. However, capacity will be halved when Star and Garter finally opens.
Before the new announcement of the closure, many preparations were made, with plexiglass screens at the bar and new outdoor furniture worth several thousand pounds.
"The brewery was fantastic," said Ms. Murray, who estimates that £ 180,000 in revenue was lost during the three-month closure. "You really supported us."
How a large BAME population, poverty and crowded households could have contributed to Leicester's rise in some cases
Government officials, local politicians and scientists disagree as to whether Leicester is experiencing a real increase in certain cases or whether better tests simply find more of them where it wasn't before.
It is also not clear whether there are any characteristics of Leicester that make it more likely that an increase will occur in certain cases, or whether accidental coincidences have led to the first “second wave” taking place there. Experts say that many of the risk factors in Leicester are the same in all major cities in England.
The city's mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said this morning on BBC Radio 4 that a report sent to him by the government actually confirms that it is very likely that the increase in the number of positives identified is due to increased testing, and that in fact, maybe nothing is of great importance in these results. & # 39;
The city's public health director, Ivan Browne, said: “Interestingly, (the increase in cases) it is very much the younger working age population and mostly the eastern part of our city. We have started to see this level through our test program.
“Young people work in many industries across the city. At this stage, we try to collect as much epidemiological information as we can to really try to understand and understand it. I don't think we see a single source or smoking gun at the moment. "
It was always likely that city overvoltages would occur first. There are more people who increase the risk, and these people are more likely to live in densely populated areas and come into contact with strangers on a regular basis.
Dr. Shaun Fitzgerald of Cambridge University said: “There will be differences in the ease with which people can maintain physical distance between densely populated areas and rural areas, so it is not surprising to me that we may see localized torches. Oops, which in turn have to be suppressed by delayed relaxation or temporary reintroduction of some restrictions on certain movements and activities. "
Leicester also has a high level of deprivation, which affects people's lives in a way that puts them at risk of getting the virus.
Dr. Simon Clarke, microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: “In disadvantaged areas, people have to go to work more often, work less from home, and use public transport more. You cannot distance yourself from others. & # 39;
The city's Samworth Brothers sandwich factory reported over the weekend that it had diagnosed cases of Covid-19 among its employees.
Food processing factories pose a higher risk of transmission because the virus can survive longer in cold environments on hard surfaces and people's airways become more susceptible to infection.
Dr. Clarke added that the type of work people do could increase their risk.
"Blue collar cities are now at higher risk than places like London and Manchester that offer more financial services," he added.
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