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Coronavirus: What are Leicester's new lockdown restrictions? Coronavirus: What are Leicester's new lockdown restrictions?
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Leicester has become the first city in the UK to be put under a local lockdown, as the government seeks to curb the rise of coronavirus cases in the city.Leicester has become the first city in the UK to be put under a local lockdown, as the government seeks to curb the rise of coronavirus cases in the city.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said restrictions on daily life would tighten for those in the East Midlands city and its surrounding area.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said restrictions on daily life would tighten for those in the East Midlands city and its surrounding area.
What are the lockdown rules in Leicester?What are the lockdown rules in Leicester?
Where does it apply?
In addition to the city centre, suburbs of Leicester, such as Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield, will be affected by the stricter measures.
However, a detailed map of lockdown area has not currently been released.
Leicestershire County Council has released an approximate boundary of the area and has said it is working on a "postcode checker" for those who are unsure whether they will be affected.
Why are schools not closing now?Why are schools not closing now?
Extra testing in Leicester over the last 10 day had shown there was an "unusually high" number of positive results among children in the city, the health secretary told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday.Extra testing in Leicester over the last 10 day had shown there was an "unusually high" number of positive results among children in the city, the health secretary told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday.
He said children were "very low risk" of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 but that schools would close in Leicester to help reduce transmission of the virus.He said children were "very low risk" of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 but that schools would close in Leicester to help reduce transmission of the virus.
Schools in the city will remain open until Thursday, Mr Hancock said, in order to allow parents to arrange childcare and to give people notice to prevent them "gathering outside the school gates trying to work out what's happened".Schools in the city will remain open until Thursday, Mr Hancock said, in order to allow parents to arrange childcare and to give people notice to prevent them "gathering outside the school gates trying to work out what's happened".
How long will it last?How long will it last?
The government will review whether it can lift any of the measures in two weeks' time, the health secretary said.The government will review whether it can lift any of the measures in two weeks' time, the health secretary said.
Where does it apply?Where does it apply?
Mr Hancock said the measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also "the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".Mr Hancock said the measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also "the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".
He said exact details of which wards in Leicestershire are included in the new lockdown measures will be published "imminently".He said exact details of which wards in Leicestershire are included in the new lockdown measures will be published "imminently".
Leicestershire County Council said it was working on the details of this with Public Health England.Leicestershire County Council said it was working on the details of this with Public Health England.