The government has confirmed that the current lockdown measures will remain in place in Leicester and will be reviewed in two weeks time.
The announcement was made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock this evening. A parliamentary statement on the city’s fate was due to be made at 5pm today, and was delayed until 9.15pm this evening.
Schools will close and non-essential shops will also shut down from tomorrow, the Health Secretary confirmed.
The city has seen a significant rise in positive cases of coronavirus in recent weeks.
The 7-day infection rate in Leicester is 135 per 100,000 people, which is three times higher than the next highest city. The city accounts for around 10% of all positive cases in the country over the last week.
Lockdown measures are due to be relaxed in the rest of England from Saturday (4 July) with pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers and barbers allowed to reopen.
This will not happen in Leicester, where a number of extra measures are being introduced, including:
- Extra testing capacity being made available in the city, including a walk-in test centre
- Extra funding available to Leicester and Leicestershire council to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate
- Schools will close and non-essential shops will shut
- People living in the city are being urged to “stay at home as much as they can”
The lockdown restrictions will also apply to wider areas in Leicestershire, including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield. A map showing which areas of Leicester and Leicestershire are affected can be seen here.