UK locks down metropolis of Leicester after COVID-19 spike

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Following a surge in Coronavirus circumstances, the town of Leicester together with some surrounding areas, has been put underneath strict lockdown, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock introduced on Monday.

Leicester’s new restrictions got here after 10% of all new recorded circumstances recorded within the UK prior to now week had been within the metropolis, marking UK’s first native lockdown for the reason that British PM Boris Johnson determined to ease Coronavirus rules final week.

According to the brand new pointers, retailers that reopened in mid-June have shut on Tuesday, with colleges set to comply with on July 2, whereas bars, eating places, hairdressers, and locations of worship won’t reopen on July 4, because it was initially deliberate.

On Tuesday, Leicester’s mayor urged residents to “stick together” and keep at home, following the tightening of lockdown restrictions within the metropolis, which has a inhabitants of almost 330,000 folks.

UK’s Prime Minister Johnson praised the folks of Leicester for his or her “forbearance,” after imposing not less than two weeks of an area lockdown.

“Because if the Covid crisis has taught us one thing: it’s that this country needs to be ready for what may be coming, and we need to be able to move with levels of energy and speed that we have not needed for generations,” Johnson added.