Coronavirus: What are Leicester's new lockdown restrictions?

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The United Kingdom has been the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of fatalities, with the death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 now standing at 43,575.

The government insisted it had been working closely with local partners.

Under the local lockdown, announced on Monday evening, non-essential shops in Leicester have been forced to shut and schools have closed, except for vulnerable pupils and children of "critical workers".

"Given the Government's advice overnight and how it was clarified this morning, I was frankly astounded that the BHA considered it appropriate to race at Leicester", said McPherson, who was due to run Homing Star.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures will be reviewed in two weeks, but what are they exactly?

He said in order to control the virus "it requires sacrifices by everybody, we need to do that in Leicester now".

What geographical area is covered?

Local authority boundaries will complicate deciding which areas to include in the heightened restrictions, with parts of Oadby to Leicester's south east and Birstall to the city's north overseen by Leicestershire County Council.

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Meanwhile, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the local officials were "frustrated" by how long it took for the government to present them with the evidence for a second shutdown.

Mr Hancock said the law will be changed in the next "day or two" to close all non-essential shops in Leicester.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, who represents Leicester South, said: "We were alerted to the situation in Leicester 11 days ago and now we've got tonight from the Secretary of State the whack-a-mole strategy". We will just keep working until we are told otherwise.

The local lockdown is in place in most of the city and some of the surrounding areas.

What support is available for the people of Leicester?

Through the councils, authorities will also help workplaces with coronavirus clusters to "implement more stringently the Covid-secure guidelines".

"Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet".

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