Leicester may face a further two weeks in lockdown

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Leicester may face a further two weeks in lockdown

Leicester may have remain in current lockdown measures for a further two weeks due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

This means pubs and resturants in the city may have to remain closed while the rest of England’s hospitality sector reopens in the coming week.

The city’s major Sir Peter Soulsby said the government has recommended current restrictions are maintained for a two more weeks.

He received an email from the government around 1am on Monday detailing the suggestions which he said were unjustified and had been “hastily cobbled together”.

“That’s very different from the dramatic ‘lockdown in Leicester’ that was being briefed over the weekend.”

Sir Peter  has criticised the report as “superficial” and has said

“it does not provide us with the information we need if we are to remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country”.

According to data from Public Health England, almost 3,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Leicester since the start of the pandemic.

866 of these cases have been reported in the last two weeks.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Sunday that Leicester was an area of concern and have urged residents to be vigilant.

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