Government data shows covid infection rates (per 100,000 population) in England had reached (on July 9) a very high 341.5 (up from 330 the day before). Over the past few weeks, the infection rate in Leicester while certainly increasing has not been doing so as quick as in the rest of the country and so the current infection rate in Leicester is 248.4 cases per 100,000 population (a slight decrease on the day before).
Of course, as Leicester’s main trade unions have been saying for some time transmission remains a huge problem within our schools and I remain appalled that Leicester City Council has refused to defy government guidance by encouraging school aged students to wear masks in the classroom. Currently the age group with the highest rate of infection in Leicester is 10 to 14 year olds whom have an infection rate of 584.1 cases per 100,000 population.
We know the Tories don’t care about minimising the spread of the virus but you might think Labour Councils could do better and at least listen to the advice offered to them by trade unions.
Now we find out that earlier today a number of Labour Mayors came together to hold a press conference to call “for face masks to remain in use on public transport even after the legal requirement for them ends on Monday.” But Labour City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby was nowhere to be seen!
“Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham, West Yorkshire’s Tracy Brabin, Liverpool City Region’s Steve Rotheram, North of Tyne’s Jamie Driscoll, Dan Jarvis in the Sheffield City Region and the West of England’s Dan Norris are holding a joint press conference…
“It comes after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan declared masks mandatory on the capital’s public transport network even after 19 July, and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said he is expecting local passengers to wear them on all forms of transport.”