Leicester lockdown: Calls for some areas to be released from lockdown

Residents living in the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire are urging the government to release them from the localised lockdown.

Residents in the Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip areas of the city are contesting the lockdown rules which were implemented by the Health Secretary on 30 June after a huge spike in coronavirus rates.

They say recent figures show there has been no increase in the rate of infection compared to inner Leicester.

Leicestershire County Council leader, Nick Rushton, spoke to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to discuss the release of certain areas which have shown lower infection rates.

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Other councillors, including Shona Rattray, Julian Howe, Iain Bentley and Roy Rolling, have also written to Mr Hancock. They have advised him that the infection rate in the borough of Charnwood was falling before the localised lockdown was bought in.

They have argued communities within the borough have been suffering unnecessarily and should be released from such measures.

Mr Hancock is due to review the coronavirus figures taken from the last fourteen days before deciding whether Leicester will be released from its localised lockdown.

A decision is expected tomorrow (June 18) on whether lockdown measures in the city will be eased.

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