Government confirm Leicester lockdown as shops and schools are told to shut

According to Matt Hancock, Leicester has somehow managed to have a whopping 10 per cent of all the country's coronavirus cases in the last week, so it's clear action needs to be taken - but human nature needs to be considered as well.

Matt Hancock made the announcement in the House of Commons.

Hancock says Leicester's infection rate is 3x higher than the next highest city in the United Kingdom, and although the government had tried "targeted action" at local schools and workplaces, a stronger solution was needed.

Leicester has such a serious coronavirus situation that it's been put back in lockdown all by itself.

All areas of Oadby and Wigston.

His constituency includes Braunstone Town, a neighbourhood of around 17,000 people, which is separated from the city by the single carriageway Braunstone Lane.

He said in order to control the virus "it requires sacrifices by everybody, we need to do that in Leicester now".

Mr Hancock added that the Government will be keeping these local measures under review and will not keep them them in place "any longer than is necessary".

"Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet".

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".

Leicester saw a spike of nearly 1,000 cases in the past two weeks - a figure three times higher than the next city.

It is reviewing its plans to extend the opening of its own buildings such as libraries, museums and children's centres. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can't be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.

The people of Leicester have been told to remain at home.

"I am perfectly happy to let the Premier League take care of that".

From tomorrow, Leicester will have to return to an earlier stage of lockdown following a spike of COVID-19 in the area.



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