Leicester lockdown set to be lifted today as coronavirus infections fall seven weeks after sweeping restrictions
THE Leicester lockdown is set to finally be lifted today – seven weeks after it started.
The city became the first in Britain to face local restrictions, after an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases.
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Currently, residents are banned from meeting people from different households in their homes and gardens.
Gyms and wedding ceremonies are also off limits for the city’s residents.
Tough measures were first introduced in late June to halt Covid-19, as the bug spread through food and clothing factories, and households.
But with cases now falling, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to ease the majority of restrictions.
Officials held a review of the Leicester data on Monday – but the announcement was delayed by a late blip in the figures.
A No 10 spokesman said local lockdown restrictions are being kept "under constant review".
Asked whether measures in Leicester could be lifted, he said: "We continue to keep all the areas under local lockdown under constant review and where we can ease restrictions, we have done."
Leicester's seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 at the end of June.
Cases have now halved to 67 cases per 100,000.
There has been a slight increase in the infection rate since between July 28 and August 3, when there was 52 cases per 100,000.
Leicester's lockdown was partially lifted two weeks ago with pubs, restaurants and hairdressers allowed to reopen.
But Mr Hancock confirmed separate households in the city were still banned from meeting indoors in line with lockdown rules for millions across Northern England.
Leicester's restrictions were originally put in place by the Health Secretary on June 29 after a spike in Covid-19 infections.
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