14) 30/06/20 – 18/07/20

18th July

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief: “Death figures review” – flaws in the counting

p. 13 “India’s coronavirus cases surge past 1m”

p. 15 a letter by Tina Reid under “Gloaters are deluded if they think they’re safe”

New coronavirus cases announced an hour before Leicester lockdown extended


New corona cases where you live



17th July

Today, pages 1 – 7 are about the lockdown extension.

p. 15 an anonymous letter under “Lockdown left me at lowest point of my life”

p. 16 “Experts unite to set up rehab centre”, subtitled “Centre of excellence near Loughborough” – Stanford Hall, rehab after serious illness or injury


16th July

Pages 1, 4, 5 and 6 are about the lockdown, with maps, under “Free us all…”, “The map which shows…” and “Lockdown plea from the city’s outlying areas”

p. 4 “Five Covid deaths in past week at city hospitals”

p. 12 NATIONAL “’We’re prepared for second spike’” – B J

Leicestershire teacher is first in UK to have tiny wireless pacemaker implanted by cardiologists  


p. 15 a long letter by John Husain under “Is target testing flawed from outset?”


15th July

p. 7 “Thousands across borough urged to take test for virus” – Oadby and Wigston

p. 8/9 “’I will decide tomorrow if lockdown can be lifted’” – Hancock, subtitled “’Current measures aren’t justified and I have the figures to prove it’” – Soulsby

p. 9 “Just 36 new cases added” – positive tests in city and county since Monday


13th July

p. 4 “Test/trace numbers ‘will not be released’”, subtitled “Local details withheld by government”

pages 6 and 7 “We’re dealing with sweatshop allegations – and the idea that the government will intervene is just daft”

p. 15 a letter on the same subject by Bob Baker under “Agencies responsible for not working together”


12th July



Monday 13th July

Latest Leicester Lockdown situation set out by deputy chief medical officer as review approaches


Door to door testing rolled out as we fight 100 ‘outbreaks’ a week



Sat 11th

p. 20 In the House Liz Kendall under “Government must provide real support for our city”


Friday 10th

Government won’t reveal Leicester’s Test and Trace stats


p. 4 “Volunteer Covid-19 testers going door-to-door in city”, subtitled “Testing ramped up in bid to get area out of lockdown”


p. 13 WORLD “Virus pandemic hits ‘full speed’ in Africa”

Thurs 9th

p. 3 “Virus tests have not been double counted” – in Leicester


p. 3 “Sharp rise in deaths may not reflect the real story” – 21 in hospitals’ weekly update, but more than half may predate that week 

p. 15 a long letter by Karen Deacon, CEO, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, under “Prime Minister is wrong to blame care homes”


Wed 8th

about government mishandling, it blaming BAME communities, about spreading the message and policing it

p. 12 NATIONAL “Care sector’s fury over PM remarks”

Tues 7th

Pages 1, 2 and 3 “No evidence Covid surge linked to textile industry” – Public Health England



3 Leicester textile firms under investigation over coronavirus concerns


p. 15 four letters about the crisis:

Our great strength is working together” – Mike Kapur, HM Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire

Borough being used as firewall for the county” – Michael Charlesworth, Oadby & Wigston Council

Why wasn’t lockdown enforced originally?” – L Weafer

Conflicting messages not helping situation” – Subhash Varambhia


Mon 6th

p. 4 “Borough is an area of concern, says public health chief” – Oadby and Wigston

p. 9 “Major study opens into long-term health impact of the virus” – team from Leicester

Sat 4th

Several pages about managing/policing the lockdown, problems with the lockdown zone border etc.

The letters page has five letters mostly about who is to blame for the spike and how it has been handled, with some political point scoring, esp. in Harry Bartlett’s long letter under “Faceless campaigners should name names”

3rd July

Pages 1 and 4 “’Leicester was in denial over damning data’” – big spat between Nadine Dorris and Peter Soulsby

p. 8 “NHS braces itself for surge in A&E as drinkers return”p. 10 “Report that put city back into lockdown”

p. 13 WORLD “US, South Africa hit new Covid-19 highs”

Coronavirus deaths at Leicester’s hospitals near 400 as patient in their 20s is one of the latest to die



2nd July

p. 7 “28 Walkers factory staff test positive for Covid-19” out of 1,400


p. 8 “’Bad practice and flouting rules at some factories may have played part in outbreak”


p. 9 “New mobile testing unit to be set up at hotspot” – Overton Road off Uppingham Road

p. 11 Professor Nishab Canagarajah, UL, under “All eyes are upon us, to learn how to respond to this crisis”

p. 13 “Virus cases surge in isolated Timbuktu – in impoverished Mali

1st July

Pages 1 – 3 set out the lockdown zone and say “Hospitals are ‘well prepared’”,

Pages 4 – 9 are police, political, business and public comments and “Stay away from Nottingham”

p. 15 has five letters, three questioning Peter Soulsby’s position, one blaming rule breakers and one under “Lockdown is best way to combat Covid-19” responding to one of yesterday advocating herd immunity

30th June

p 15 two letters about Peter Soulsby’s role

p. 15 a long letter by Ian Phillips from Devon under “A new lock-down would be counter-productive” – he believes in naturally developed herd immunity

Pages 1 and 2 “Closed” and “City returns to full lockdown” and “Stay at home …” – latest measures