Coronavirus: What are Leicester's new lockdown restrictions?

Local lockdown ordered in English city of Leicester over high COVID infection rate

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said restrictions on daily life would tighten for those in the East Midlands city and its surrounding area.

Speaking in the House of Commons late on Monday, Mr Hancock announced that further measures in Leicester will be put in place to help tackle the outbreak, including the setting up of a walk-in testing centre for those with coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Ashworth said people impacted by the Leicester lockdown need "clarity" and not briefings from "over-eager advisers".

Leicester has become the first area of the United Kingdom to see a localised lockdown following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

"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".

Just days after bringing pupils back into the classrooms, schools will also revert to lockdown status and will only be open for children of key workers.

But when pressed on how people would be stopped from travelling outside the city, he said: "We're recommending against all but essential travel both to and from and within Leicester, and as we saw during the peak, the vast majority of people will abide by these rules".

The British government is reimposing an array of lockdown restrictions, including the closure of schools, in the central city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections.

He said the government had to take "difficult but important decisions" for the benefit of Leicester's population, which is thought to number around 350,000.

He said the lockdown would be reviewed in two weeks.

"We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier Monday while on a visit to a construction site in London. He also said that travel to, from and within the city will have to be curtailed and social distancing rules will be monitored.

"But we also need alongside that to take local action where there is a specific flare-up".

Hancock said the government was still analyzing the exact reasons behind the rise of cases in Leicester.

The city's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "These measures are stricter than we anticipated but we understand the need for firm action".

"It took a long time for information about the scale of that hotspot to actually be communicated to the local authorities in Leicester", she told Sky News.

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