Leicester shutting shops and schools in ‘second lockdown’ after coronavirus spike – Latest News

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Speaking in the House of Commons in Westminster, the Conservative Minister confirmed Leicester’s lockdown will be extended.

The regulations to try and tackle a fresh coronavirus spike will come into effect from tomorrow, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs.

Speaking in Parliament, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs the restrictions will come into place from tomorrow as part of a localised lockdown in the Midlands city

From tomorrow, all non-essential shops in the city will be forced to close again

Leicester has a coronavirus rate of 135 per 100,000 people

The localised lockdown will be reviewed again in two weeks

Leicester has an infection rate of 135 per 100,000 people, three times higher than the next highest local area, the Minister told MPs.

Leicester is shutting all non-essential shops and closing schools to most pupils as part of a second lockdown in the city, the government has announced.

Non-essential shops in Leicester – home to more than 300,000 people – will close from Tuesday while schools will shut for most pupils from Thursday.

When many cases are found in one setting, such as a hospital or a care home, the government has statutory powers to close down a local area, he said.

The new measures will be reviewed again in two weeks time, he said.

Hancock also warned against any non-essential travel to and from the city.

Extra support has been promised for affected businesses and more funding will be given to help councils deliver messages to all communities.

The measures will stretch beyond the border of the city while a walk-in centre will be dedicated to testing.

Anyone in Leicester with symptoms has been asked to come forward, while the government says extra funding will be made available to increase testing.

The government says 10% of all positive cases across the country in the past week have been in Leicester.

It comes as many other parts of the UK are easing lockdown measures, with pubs set to reopen this Saturday.

Officials in Leicester, including the city’s mayor, have responded to the fresh lockdown announcement.

Mayor Peter Soulsby told BBC Leicester: “They’ve gone further than we anticipated they might.

“They are clearly determined to start with the maximum, as it were, to see how it works and then perhaps to use the learning from this in other areas I have no doubt will follow.

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