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MetiNews.Com - A large number of under 18-year-olds have tested positive for Covid-19 in Leicester
Breaking News ! The Health Secretary has revealed what he meant when he said children in Leicester have been 'highly impacted' by coronavirus. Matt Hancock explained during an interview on BBC breakfast a large number of under 18-year-olds have tested positive for Covid-19 in Leicester. He said as a result a decision has been made to close schools from this Thursday, in a bid to bring the transmission rate of the virus down in Leicester. Mr Hancock said: "I understand how important it is for people to know the impact on children. The good news is this virus hardly impacts on children, they are very very low risk. It is very unusual if a child gets ill with coronavirus, that is one of the saving graces of this virus. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here "However, we have sent in a lot of extra testing into Leicester the last 10 days or so and one of the things we have found is there are a lot of under 18s who have tested positive and therefore, because children can transmit the disease, although they are highly unlikely to become ill from the disease, we think the safest thing we can do is close the schools." Matt Hancock updating MPs in the House of Commons yesterday on the Leicester lockdown (Image: PA) When pressed on why the schools are not shutting immediately, Mr Hancock said they have given parents two days to make childcare arrangements to prevent parents 'gathering around the schoolgates trying to work out what has happened' this morning. Mr Hancock said elsewhere in the country children in Reception, Year One and Year Six should continue to attend school. Read More Related Articles Man taken to hospital after being pulled from 'fast-moving' stream Read More Related Articles Man taken to hospital after being pulled from 'fast-moving' stream He added: "It is an unusually high incidence in children in Leicester and our recommendation right across country, is if your children are in Reception, Year One or Year Six, then you really should send them to school - it is safe for your child to go to school. "It is safe for the community, that is why we have taken the decision that we have on schools it is to protect against the transmission in Leicester.
. We have a very Leicester specific outbreak and that is why I have taken the action I have."
Non-essential shops and schools will close in Leicester
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Mr Hancock announced on Monday evening the government will be imposing a two-week local lockdown in Leicester. Non-essential retailers will be shutting from today, schools will close from Thursday and people are being advised to not travel. The planned easing of restrictions on Saturday will not take place in the city, with people being advised against all but essential travel.
New law will be coming into place to enforce the lockdown restrictions. Mr Hancock said: "Working with the council, that is the judgement we came to yesterday. The way that it'll work from today non-essential retail will have to close and the school's will be closed from Thursday, and we are recommending that people travel as little as possible, don't travel unless it is essential into Leicester, out of Leicester or within Leicester." Leicester City Council last night said there have been 944 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city in the past fortnight. While the exact area impacted is not expected to be made clear until later on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said Leicester and the surrounding conurbation including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield would be included. Local authority boundaries will complicate deciding which areas to include in the heightened restrictions, with parts of Oadby to Leicester’s south east and Birstall to the city’s north overseen by Leicestershire County Council.
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