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Leicester first UK city under lockdown

Christian Fernsby |
Leicester has become the first city in the UK to be put under a local lockdown, as the government seeks to curb the rise of coronavirus cases in the city.

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

All non-essential shops will close from Tuesday, which Mr Hancock said will be enforced by law this week.

Schools will close from Thursday and will not reopen until next term. However, they will stay open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

People should avoid all but essential travel to, from, and within Leicester and should "stay at home as much as you can".

The planned easing of some restrictions in England on Saturday will not go ahead in Leicester. This means restaurants, pubs, cafes, hairdressers and cinemas will stay closed.

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

Mr Hancock said the measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also "the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".

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