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MetiNews.Com - A regional flare-up of coronavirus cases means Leicester will not emerge from parts of lockdown as swiftly as the rest of England. As pubs, restaurants and cafes get ready to reopen across the country from Saturday, residents in Leicester have been told to stay at home, with schools and shops to shut this week. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures will be reviewed
Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences A regional flare-up of coronavirus cases means Leicester will not emerge from parts of lockdown as swiftly as the rest of England. As pubs, restaurants and cafes get ready to reopen across the country from Saturday, residents in Leicester have been told to stay at home, with schools and shops to shut this week. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures will be reviewed in two weeks. Here's are measures being introduced as part of the local lockdown: -What is closing down and why? A spike in infections in Leicester means the city has three times more cases than the city with the next highest total. 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. Leicester mayor not convinced by Government's local lockdown recommendation 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. All but essential travel to, from and within the city is being discouraged, while residents are being told to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Extra facilities have been set up for walk-in tests and more home testing kits are being made available as anyone with symptoms must come forward for a test, Mr Hancock said.
Leicester businesses hit out as lockdown extended amid Covid-19 surge
Mr Hancock cited the town of Oadby and the villages of Glenfield and Birstall as examples, adding: "We will be publishing the exact details of which wards are included in these measures imminently."
- What support is available for the people of Leicester?
Mr Hancock said extra money was being sent to Leicester and Leicestershire councils "to support them to enhance their communications" as well as making support available for people who need to self-isolate.
Through the councils, authorities will also help workplaces with coronavirus clusters to "implement more stringently the Covid-secure guidelines".
Mr Hancock added: "We are providing funding for local support.
"I just want to reiterate to those who are in Leicester right now... that the furlough scheme is in existence and it works now in the same way that it's worked across the country."
Mr Hancock said the Government is "still getting to the bottom of" the reasons why the outbreak in Leicester has occurred.
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