Leicester has spent its first weekend in local lockdown, as the rest of the nation saw restrictions lifted for the first time since March.
It’s the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown after public health officials raised concern about the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.
The move follows the Government’s new strategy to have local lockdowns when cases spike, rather than another national one.
But how long will it last and are which parts are locked down?
Why is Leicester in lockdown?
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On June 29, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Leicester would be the first city in the UK to go into a localised lockdown, following an increase in cases.
In the two weeks leading up to June 23, Leicester City Council reported 944 positive coronavirus tests.
Mr Hancock told Parliament: ‘I know that this is a worrying time for people living in Leicester and I want you to know you have our full support.
‘We do not take these decisions lightly but with the interests of the people of Leicester in our hearts.’
On 30 June, non-essential shops were forced to close and schools shut on 2 July. Residents have also been advised to ‘stay home’ as much as they can.
Matt Hancock said this localised lockdown was necessary after targeted action at hotspots failed to reduce the number of cases.
Is the whole of Leicestershire in lockdown?
The Health Secretary’s announcement said the lockdown would cover the city of Leicester, as well as ‘the surrounding conurbation including for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield.’
On Tuesday 30 June, an official map of boundaries was released with areas such as Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston all included.
On the map, the red border indicates the area on a stricter lockdown, while the black border shows Leicester City Council.
How long is Leicester in lockdown?
Lockdown measures will be in place for at least two weeks and are subject to constant review.
What other cities/areas could go into local lockdown next?
Data from Public Health England has revealed that some areas in the UK have an alarming amount of coronavirus cases.
It seems there are 36 areas ‘at risk’ of seeing local lockdowns.
New data suggests Merthyr Tydfil could be next area to go into lockdown, with a larger outbreak of COVID-19 than Leicester per head.
The areas 'at risk' of local lockdowns:
Barking and Dagenham
Hammersmith and Fulham
Isle of Wight
Kensington and Chelsea
Leicester – which already has a local lockdown in place
Redcar and Cloveland
Richmond upon Thames
Windsor and Maidenhead
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