Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday evening, Matt Hancock said: "Given the growing outbreak in Leicester, we can not recommend that the easing of national lockdown, set to take place on the 4th July, happens in Leicester".
He added: 'We have been monitoring it incredibly closely, and we have put in extra testing units.
"All of these conditions have meant that we've got a situation in Leicester where it's nearly like the flawless storm because we've got high levels of inequality, we've got high levels of poverty and inequality", she said.
Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, said that fingers should not be pointed at local people for not following guidance, or suggesting an area's diversity was to blame.
"Some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning". Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers that were hoping to open on Saturday will now remain shut.
"Leicester accounts for around 10 per cent of all positive cases in the country over the past week", said Hancock.
"And on top of that you have got a very large garment industry which should have locked down which my sources are telling me have worked for internet retailers who have been very busy during the lockdown and they have carried on working as well".
Speaking in the Commons on Monday, the health secretary said Leicester and the surrounding conurbation including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield would be included. A walk-in test centre as well as mobile testing units are being made available to Leicester. AdvertisementThe government said it is trying to "get to the bottom" of the potential reasons behind the spike in the region but it is feared that the large ethnic minority population of Leicestershire makes it more vulnerable to the deadly virus - as highlighted by a previous Public Health England review which found that ethnic minorities were at a higher risk from coronavirus.
"We certainly want one today because people in Leicester are crying out for answers to perfectly legitimate questions".
However that had still not happened early on Tuesday just a few hours before the restrictions on shops were due to begin.
Before making his announcement, Mr Hancock met Leicester's Labour mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.
The PM's official spokesman said there are "no current plans for that", adding that the health secretary went to the Commons after the decision had been made and took questions then and during a media round, as did the PM following a speech in Dudley on Tuesday morning.
He said that controls will only remain as long as is necessary in the city.
Apparently lockdown measures will be enforced "in some cases", which presumably means unless it's Dominic Cummings.
The city council is now reviewing its plans to extend the opening of its own buildings such as libraries, museums and children's centres.
"I am determined that we will make this work and to minimise the time these additional measures need to be in place in the city".
The United Kingdom has been the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of fatalities, with the death toll from confirmed cases of Covid-19 now standing at 43,575.
But Johnson said Britain must use the coronavirus crisis "to tackle this country's great unresolved challenges".