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Leicester will keep coronavirus restrictions in place as part of the UK’s first localised lockdown.

Non-essential shops will shut again tomorrow and schools will close from Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons this evening.

People living in Leicester are being urged to “stay at home as much as they can” and the nationwide easing of lockdown planned for 4 July does not apply to them, he said.

A walk-in testing centre is also being set up in the city, with extra funding going to all Leicestershire councils to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate.

Leicester now accounts for 10% of all coronavirus cases in the UK, with 135 per 100,000 people.

Mr Hancock said the measures will be reviewed in two weeks and will not be in place “any longer than necessary.”

They will not only apply to the city of Leicester but also the surrounding area.

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