Birmingham news Leicester lockdown rules explained - strict new restrictions in full MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The city has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, triggering an extension of the lockdown by the government with strict rules for city residents
Breaking News ! Leicester is set for tougher new restrictions as the lockdown is extended in the East Midlands city for a further fortnight. The city has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, triggering an extension of the lockdown by the government with strict rules for city residents. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government will change the law to enforce the local lockdown in Leicester. He told Sky News: "We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require legal underpinning." Mr Hancock said "in some cases" the lockdown would be enforced by the police, while legal changes would be made so non-essential retail is no longer open. Read More Related Articles Sign up to BirminghamLive's free politics newsletter for daily headlines direct to your inbox Read More Related Articles BirminghamLive newsletter: Daily news direct to your email inbox When pressed on how people would be stopped from travelling outside the city, he said: "We're recommending against all but essential travel both to and from and within Leicester, and as we saw during the peak, the vast majority of people will abide by these rules. "Of course we will take further action including putting in place laws if that is necessary but I very much hope it won't be." Why is the lockdown happening? Leicester has three times more cases than the city with the next highest total. Mr Hancock said Leicester's seven-day infection rate is 135 cases per 100,000, which is three times higher than the next highest city. Leicester accounts for around 10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week, and hospital admissions are between six and 10 per day rather than around one a day at other trusts, he said. Covid-19 testing station in Spinney Hill Park, Leicester (Image: (Image: Chris Gordon)) What is shutting down? To arrest its spread, from Tuesday all non-essential shops will have to shut while schools will close their doors to most pupils from Thursday. Schools will stay open for vulnerable youngsters and children of critical workers as they did before and people will be able to travel for childcare.
. Where does the lockdown end and start? As well as the city of Leicester, which had a population 329,839 people at the 2011 census, the "surrounding conurbation" will also be affected. He told MPs: "Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary and discussed them with the local team in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have made some difficult but important decisions. "We've decided that from tomorrow, non-essential retail will have to close and as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday, staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughout.
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"Unfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures due on July 6 cannot now take place in Leicester." He said the measures will apply to Leicester and the surrounding conurbation including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield and promised the exact details would be published "imminently". Can people travel to Leicester - and leave? Mr Hancock warned: "We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester. "We'll monitor closely adhering to social distancing rules and we'll take further steps if that is what's necessary."
How long does the lockdown last? Mr Hancock said the measures will be kept under review and will not be kept in place "any longer than is necessary", adding: "We'll review if we can release any of the measures in two weeks." He told the Commons: "These actions are profoundly in the national interest too because it's in everyone's interests that we control the virus as locally as possible. "Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet."
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