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UK city of Leicester sees lockdown tightened on virus spike

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UK city of Leicester sees lockdown tightened on virus spike

A worker for Leicester City Council disinfects public toilets in Leicester, England, Monday June 29, 2020. The central England city of Leicester is waiting to find out if lockdown restrictions will be extended as a result of a spike in coronavirus infections. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) LONDON (AP) — The British government is reimposing an array of lockdown restrictions, including the closure of schools, in the central city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told lawmakers late Monday after a series of meetings, including one chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that in addition to the school closures, shops that don’t sell essential goods, such as food and medicines, will have to shutter themselves again, barely two weeks after they reopened.

He said the government had to take “difficult but important decisions” for the benefit of Leicester’s population, which is thought to number around 350,000.

“Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet,” he said.

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The re-imposition of lockdown restrictions for Leicester — the biggest local tightening taken by the government — went further than had been anticipated and is likely to prove a cause for concern among the city’s highly diverse population and those who were looking to reopen their businesses this Saturday.

While confirming that Leicester won’t be joining in the easing of the lockdown this Saturday when pubs and restaurants are due to reopen in England, Hancock said further actions were necessary to get a grip on the local outbreak that’s seen the city account for 10% of all […]

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