United Kingdom imposes lockdown on city of Leicester to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Britain imposes local lockdown in city of Leicester after Covid-19 flare-up

Schools will close from Thursday and will not reopen until next term. He said children remained at low risk, but were likely to be spreading the disease.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA Council, said: "The prime minister has talked about a "whack a mole" strategy to tackle local outbreaks, but this is no use if the people leading the response on the ground - be they public health teams or local leaders - are not given the most accurate up-to-date data possible".

On Tuesday morning, Leicestershire County Council published a map of the lockdown area including the majority of the city itself and parts of Leicestershire that touch on the city's boundaries.

Leicester City Council said it had seen 944 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past two weeks.

Under the local lockdown, announced on Monday evening, non-essential shops in Leicester have been forced to shut and schools have closed, except for vulnerable pupils and children of "critical workers".

The government will review whether it can lift any of the measures in two weeks' time, the health secretary said.

Harborough, Oadby and Wigston MP Neil O'Brien tweeted the measures would "apply in outer parts of Leicester too - including all of my constituents in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston", but that Great Glen, a village two miles south of Oadby, was not included.

How will it be enforced?

Regarding travel restrictions, the Health Secretary said "we will if we have to", but he added he hoped people in the city would "do the right thing".

Leicestershire Police said: "This is a dynamic situation and we will adjust accordingly, providing proportionate policing under the relevant legislation to help keep people safe in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland".

The fixture had been put in doubt as the city has recently been placed back under lockdown measures.

What support is available for the people of Leicester?

Mr Hancock told LBC the Government will not be enforcing the lockdown with fines - but they will impose travel restrictions on the people of Leicester if they don't obey the rules.

Mr Hancock said the Government is "still getting to the bottom of" the reasons why the outbreak in Leicester has occurred.

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