Local lockdown ordered in English city of Leicester over high COVID infection rate

LONDON (Reuters) - The English city of Leicester must go back into a stricter lockdown because its COVID-19 infection rate was much higher than anywhere else in the country, health minister Matt Hancock told parliament on Monday.

As the rest of the United Kingdom gears up for an easing of social distancing measures on July 4, Hancock said schools and non-essential shops would have to close in Leicester, and urged people not to travel to, from or within the city.

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2020-06-29 23:38
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