Leicester lockdown to be lifted after seven weeks as Covid-19 cases plummet

The city of Leicester will finally have its lockdown restrictions eased nearly two months after becoming the first localised lockdown, it has been reported.

Seven weeks ago Leicester was put into lockdown after an alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

It became one of the first cities to face local lockdown restrictions, at the same time that restrictions across the rest of England were eased.

The current situation in the city prevents residents from meeting people from different households in homes or gardens.

However, with cases now getting under control – Health Secretary Matt Hancock is believed to be ready to announce an easing of the measures.

A No 10 spokesperson has said the measures are "under constant review".

"We continue to keep all the areas under local lockdown under constant review and where we can ease restrictions, we have done," the spokesman told The Sun.

Measures were put in place when they city's seven day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000.

The cases have now dropped to 67 cases per 100,000.

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Although the lockdown was partially lifted two weeks ago, with pubs and restaurants allowed to reopen – residents still faced some restrictions.

Last week the government confirmed lockdown measures would remain in place in north-west England.

Restrictions on household gatherings in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester are set to continue.

Health Minister Edward Argar said: "I’d like to thank everyone in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester for their continued patience in following these vital rules put in place to tackle the spread of the disease – I know it hasn’t been easy.”

He added: “It is essential we all remain vigilant, and I urge everyone in these areas to continue to follow the rules – wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to."

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