Leicester begins local lockdown after spike in Coronavirus cases.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock announced on Monday night that Leicester will reverse the easing of lockdown by closing non-essential retail and schools.

Non-essential shops will close from today and schools will be closing on Thursday.

The further easing of lockdown on the 4th of July will now no longer apply to Leicester. The relaxation for people shielding in the area planned for the 6th July will also now no longer go ahead.

Travel in and out of the city should be avoided unless necessary.

Mr Hancock announced that this will be reviewed in two weeks.

He said:

“We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.

“We’ll monitor closely adhering to social distancing rules and we’ll take further steps if that is what’s necessary.”