15) 08/06/20 – 29/06/20

29th June

Pages 1 and 5 “Five city schools shut due to virus”

p. 9 “ “Cervical screening will be safe to attend”

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Virus bill is ‘billions’”

p. 13 “Surging virus cases causing alarm in US”

p. 24 “Construction firms address mental health”

p. 7 “Care home staff ‘face the sack’ in contracts row”, subtitled “Deadline set for agreeing to lower wages, union claims” – LCCL


City mayor Peter Soulsby ‘deeply sceptical’ about singling Leicester out for lockdown https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/city-mayor-peter-soulsby-deeply-4273822

Live updates: Is Leicester going into local lockdown? https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/live-updates-leicester-going-local-4273112

Government wants Leicester to lock down for 2 more weeks https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/government-wants-leicester-lockdown-2-4273027

Hundreds more people diagnoses with covid https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/hundreds-more-people-diagnosed-covid-4272970


28th June

What city council says about reports that Leicester could be put back into lockdown within days https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/what-city-council-says-reports-4270800

Local lockdown in Leicester? The key questions we are asking the Government https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/local-lockdown-leicester-key-questions-4271961

Priti Patel might have ‘got in a muddle’ over Leicester lockdown, says Jon Ashworth https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/priti-patel-might-got-muddle-4272397

Lockdown parts of Leicester East’ says its MP Claudia Webbe






27th June

Pages 4 and 5 are all to do with the present spike:

Safety plea over pubs and restaurants in C0vid-19-hit district”

Distancing officers are wanted for busy areas”

Sainsbury’s confirms coronavirus cases at second city store”

Public health officials advise school that it can stay open” – Spinney Hill Primary

p. 12 NATIONAL “Boris warns over ‘taking liberties’”

p. 13 WORLD “Confirmed cases hit record high in US” – other countries also mentioned

pages 24 and 25 “Army of support” – several articles about veterans helping in Covid crisis


26th June

p. 12 “Walk-in centres to provide tests” – some hybrid drive-through/walk-through, for those without cars

 p. 15 a letter by William Parker under “My life’s in their hands, but they are ignoring me” – bitter complaint about transport service for renal patients


25th June

p. 15 a letter by Harry Stannard under “Mayor’s actions caused consternation in party”

p. 24 “Air ambulance service flies 40,000th mission”


24th June

The ten area of the city worst hit by coronavirus


Care firm branded a ‘disgrace’ as carers handed notice of dismissal letters over pay and conditions dispute


How one city school has opened for all the pupils who want to come back (New Parks)



June 23rd

p. 8 “New petition urges mayor to quit over lockdown breaches”  https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/campaign-calls-leicester-mayor-sir-4241235  

p. 8 “MP accuses Government over city’s spike in Covid-19 cases” – Claudia Webbe  https://www.pressreader.com/uk/leicester-mercury/20200623/281625307562181  

p. 9 “Covid-19 cases ‘have put factory workforce at risk’” – employee   https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/coronavirus-outbreak-leicestershire-biscuit-factory-4246862 

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief: “Virus rate ‘concern’” – Spain about UK as it opens borders

p. 12 “                   “NHS ‘stories of hope’ displayed in capital’” – art project on big screens

p. 13 WORLD “Virus cases soar in the US and Brazil”

p. 23 Business: “Diversifying to help meet Covid-19 needs: – dental surgery supplier now focusing on PPE

A letter by Michael Tully under “A worrying history of failings and breaches” – lockdown & testing

“  “         “    Caroline Moles under “Please don’t make any more cuts and closures” – hospital beds

“  “         “    Sydney Pegg under “Face masks policy has not been thought out”

“  “         “    David Mathers under “Labour can’t lecture others over principles” – breaking lockdown



June 22 nd

p. 11 “Park ‘not best place for Covid testing centre’”

p. 11 “Pandemic not over yet, hospitals warn”

p. 15 “Bring back lockdown with harsh penalties”


June 21st

Government set up new coronavirus testing centre following recent spike in cases in city



June 20th

Latest R rate reveals coronavirus spreading most quickly in the region


Pages 1, 2 and 3 “Let’s avoid another city-wide lockdown”


and “What’s next for city after spike in positive tests” – 658 in last fortnight, out of total of 2,494 since 13th March

 p. 4 “Inquiry into increase in cases at a hospital” – in patients treated at George Eliot, Nuneaton


June 19th

Pages 4 and 5 “Need more pavement space…” Leicester citizens asked to request more space for social distancing where needed

Pages 1 and 3 “Spike of Covid-19 cases in the city” and “Government is acting to contain outbreak of coronavirus in city”


June 18th

Pages 6 and 7 “First Covid treatment goes ‘live’ in city hospitals” – dexamethasone – and

                          “’Dark days, but trial may well have saved my life’” – 45-year-old survivor

p. 7 “Death toll rises by 13 to stand at 385” – hospital stats



June 17th

p. 16 “Prof reveals his tips for beating type 2 diabetes” – book by nutrition expert


p. 12 NATIONAL, brief: “Virus ‘breakthrough” – dexamethasone effective in very ill patients


June 16th

p. 12 “Two-metre review ‘could take weeks’” – the PM

p. 17 “Parking fees back – but health staff can be exempt” – Melton Borough, but have to apply

June 15th 

Coronavirus cases rise again in Leicestershire according to Public Health England


p. 3 “We’re moving to new phase in which we must learn to live with virus”, subtitled “New rules from today, including face coverings compulsory in hospitals”

p. 2 “Largest number of deaths in part of city” – poorest areas have more than double the mortality rate of rich ones

p. 2 “Recovered patients aid treatment trial”

p 16 “Town hospital ward set to reopen for Covid patients” -Feilding Palmer Hospital, Lutterworth


June 14th online

All Leicester hospitals staff, patients and visitors must wear face coverings from Monday


June 13th

p. 3 “No further Covid-19 deaths to add to toll” – hospitals, though it could just be delays in recording

June 12th

Pages 1, 4 and 5 “Leicester Hospitals Chief to retire” – for health reasons


Statement in full: John Adler’s email to Leicester hospitals staff as chief executive announces exit


p. 12 “Test and Trace is ‘fit for purpose’” – head of programme Baroness Harding

 p. 15 a letter by Suresh Chauhan under “Inquiry needed so we learn necessary lessons”

June 10th

Today there is a lot about schools re-opening. NHS/health, peripheral:

p. 2 “Events planned to thank NHS staff and all key workers” – various plans

p. 12 NATIONAL “NHS waiting list ‘will rise to 10m’” – NHS Confederation

June 9th

p. 2 “Death of woman in her 90s latest to be confirmed”

p. 3 “Testing centres opened and anyone can book in” – Melton and Lutterworth

p. 4 “Dentist find ways to see patients in safety”

p. 5 “Ethnic minority patients more likely to die from Covid infection”


June 8th

p. 12 NATIONAL “Half of pregnant with virus BAME”

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Danger of negativity” – pre-disposing to dementia

p. 13 WORLD “Global Covid-19 death toll ‘passes 400,000”