Map reveals which areas are affected by UK's first localised lockdown

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

A major relaxation of lockdown measures is scheduled to come into effect on July 4 in England in a bid to kickstart the economy, but the city of Leicester is facing the prospect of becoming the only place in the country to see its pubs, restaurants, hotels and cinemas remain closed for a further two weeks after a spike in coronavirus cases.

"Leicester accounts for around 10 per cent of all positive cases in the country over the past week", said Hancock.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday evening, Matt Hancock said: "Given the growing outbreak in Leicester, we can not recommend that the easing of national lockdown, set to take place on the 4th July, happens in Leicester".

"I can understand it from (the government's) perspective - they are entirely convinced that the level of the transmission of the disease in Leicester is at a higher level than I think the figures show", he said.

The changes will also apply to parts of Leicestershire close to the city's boundaries, with Leicestershire CC and Public Health England working on the detail of this.

All areas of Oadby and Wigston.

South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa said the delay on clarification on restrictions was "frustrating".

Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, said that fingers should not be pointed at local people for not following guidance, or suggesting an area's diversity was to blame.

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

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Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map.

On Monday night, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures will be reviewed in two weeks and will not be in place "any longer than necessary".

He said: "Given the growing outbreak in Leicester, we can not recommend that the easing of the national lockdown set to take place on July 4 happens in Leicester".

Leicester City Council has reported 944 positive tests over a period of two weeks.

It is reviewing its plans to extend the opening of its own buildings such as libraries, museums and children's centres.

Additional funding will be given to both Leicester and Leicestershire councils to enable them to "enhance their communications and ensure those communications are translated into all locally relevant languages" and support those who need to self isolate, Hancock said. Unless out of necessity, there is a ban on going out of the city and people are being instructed to stay in their homes.

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

"I've had lots of speculation and lots of questions about where it is in the community and we have not as yet been able to give satisfactory answers even to ourselves, no matter anybody else, about which parts of the community need the intervention".

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will use a keynote speech in the West Midlands on Tuesday to say his message is "build, build, build" as the United Kingdom comes out of lockdown after the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the Government intends to spend £5 billion "to accelerate infrastructure projects".

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