As the rest of England prepares to open up almost fully, Leicester is heading straight back into lockdown but the PM’s ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy has critics.

The last few months of lockdown have been excruciating for all of us with many making sacrifices in order to keep themselves and others safe.

However, as June began we started to see the first signs of the lockdown being eased as non-essential shops started to reopen and football finally returned to our screens.

July 4th is being touted as the effective end of lockdown as pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are all expected to reopen.

However, there’s one city in England that’s already going back into full lockdown as the number of Covid-19 cases has surged.

That city is Leicester and the new lockdown was announced as part of a ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy as dubbed by Boris Johnson.

But what exactly does Johnson’s so-called whack-a-mole strategy mean?

Saint Denis, Reunion – August 13 2016: Hammer on the top of a Whac-A-Mole arcade game in a carnival.

Leicester has gone back into full lockdown

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced at around 9pm last night (June 29th) that from June 30th, Leicester would be placed back into full lockdown after a surge in cases.

That means that all the shops that have just reopened will be forced to shut their doors once again from today, non-essential travel to and from Leicester is discouraged and from Thursday (July 2nd), schools will be closing fully once again with the exception of taking in vulnerable children or the children of key workers.

The Leicester lockdown will be in place for at least the next two weeks when it will then be reviewed, according to Matt Hancock.

Leicester City Centre, Clock Tower, pedestrian area

What does Boris Johnson’s ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy mean?

The ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy derives its name from the fairground game of the same name.

It’s the game where you stand at a waist-high cabinet which contains a number of holes, all of which have a mole that pops up at random and you’re tasked with hitting it back down with a mallet.

The same principle is being used to describe fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 as when a new surge in cases is spotted, the lockdown restrictions will be enforced once again to help reduce the spread.

Thankfully, the whack-a-mole strategy doesn’t actually involve an enormous Boris Johnson smashing cities into dust with a giant mallet.

Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

Social media reacts

It’s safe to say that the government’s so-called whack-a-mole strategy has become the hot topic of debate on social media, with many sceptical of the strategy.

As this Twitter user explains: “Unless I’m mistaken, we don’t have border controls between counties. Many who live in Nottingham, work in Leicester, and vice versa. Many who live in Leicester, commute to London. Localised ‘whack-a-mole’ ain’t gonna cut it”

While another added: “Am I the only one who finds it extremely bad taste to use a gimmicky catchphrase like ‘whack a mole’ when talking about a virus that has killed 45000 people?”

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