- Huw Hughes
Non-essential stores in Leicester will be allowed to reopen from 24 July
following a drop in Covid-19 cases in the area, the UK’s health secretary
Matt Hancock has announced.
The city enforced stricter lockdown measures at the end of June
following a surge in cases, becoming the UK’s first full local lockdown.
Hancock said the seven-day infection rate in Leicester has since fallen
to 119 cases per 100,000 people, down from 135 when the local lockdown was
The government has previously warned that this type of targeted lockdown
could become more common in the country as some cities across the world
struggle to cope with surging cases after easing lockdown measures.
Hancock told the House of Commons on Thursday: “Some say that the local
lockdown is unnecessary. I wish this were true, but sadly it remains vital
for the health of everyone in Leicester and the rest of the country that
these restrictions stay in place. We will review them again in a fortnight.
I hope that this careful easing of restrictions will provide some comfort
to people in Leicester and Leicestershire.”
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