Leicester Put In Local Lockdown After Covid-19 Spike

Graeme Demianyk
A man cleans the windows of a launderette in Leicester, England.

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Health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed Leicester will be placed on a local lockdown following a spike of coronavirus cases in the English city. 

He told the Commons the city has recorded 10% of all positive Covid-19 cases in the country this week.

The secretary of state said the national lockdown easing would not be happening in the Midlands city – meaning pubs, hairdressers and restaurants would not be able to open alongside other areas of the UK.

Non-essential shops in Leicester will close from Tuesday and schools will close to most pupils from Thursday as part of restrictions imposed after the rise in coronavirus cases.

Hancock announced further measures in Leicester to help tackle the outbreak, including the setting up of a walk-in testing centre for those with coronavirus symptoms.

On Sunday, the government said the city could become the first area to have a local lockdown imposed to address a flare up after 658 new cases recorded in the two weeks up to June 16.

Hancock said the measures will be kept under review and will not be kept in place “any longer than is necessary”

He told MPs: “Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary and discussed them with the local team in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have made some difficult but important decisions.

“We’ve decided that from tomorrow, non-essential retail will have to close and as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday, staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughout.

“Unfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures due on July 6 cannot now take place in Leicester.

“We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.

“We’ll monitor closely...

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