UK could lock down city of Leicester after virus surge Jun 29, 2020 0 1478 12345 London The central English city of Leicester could be the country’s first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday.The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants.Patel told the BBC that there have been “flare-ups across the country in recent weeks, in just the last three or four weeks in particular”.“For local outbreaks, it is appropriate to have local solutions in terms of infection control, social distancing, screening and many tools,” she added.“There will be support going into Leicester.” Reports in the Sunday Times newspaper said the government was set to reimpose strict lockdown rules on Leicester “within the next few days”. Leicester’s population stands at around 340,000 people, according to official figures. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Poles vote in high numbers in presidential election amid coronavirus pandemic Jun 29, 2020 0 644 Low turnout as France votes in local polls Jun 29, 2020 0 666 Global COVID-19 infection cases surpass 10 million Jun 29, 2020 0 256 Russian mining giant admits waste ‘violations’ at Arctic plant AFP Moscow A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra. Norilsk Nickel .. Trump ouster will not mend trans-Atlantic ties: Germany’s Maas DPA Berlin The ouster of US President Donald Trump in November elections would not suffice in mending diplomatic relations between Washington and Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told DPA in an interview .. No COVID-19 deaths for first time in Madrid since onset of pandemic MADRID: Spain’s capital Madrid said on Sunday that they had recorded no deaths as a results of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the first such occurrence since the start of the pandemic. “Great news - yesterday .. Democrats slam Trump as White House downplays spike in virus cases WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases continued to spike across much of the United States on Sunday as the White House downplayed the severity of new outbreaks and sought to deflect responsibility on to local .. Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence AFP Washington US President Donald Trump denied on Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan. The .. Trump tweets -- then deletes -- video of supporter yelling ‘white power’ WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday shared a video of a stand-off between anti-Trump protesters and his supporters in which a man chants “white power” -- before deleting it amid an outcry. “Thank you to the ..