Coronavirus UK updates: Leicester mayor – government’s decision ‘more or less as expected’

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Coronavirus UK updates: Infection rate in England up by almost a third in one week
Coronavirus UK updates: Infection rate in England up by almost a third in one week

Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has said the government’s decisions on the region’s local lockdown were “more or less as we expected”.

“We had planned to continue our neighbourhood testing programme throughout August and the restrictions around households will help in our efforts to track down the virus and contain it.

“I’m pleased to see that the guidelines around shielding have relaxed slightly as I think it’s important that vulnerable people who have been shielding for many months now are able to have more contact with family and friends.

“This will greatly benefit their mental health, while still keeping their physical health as the greatest priority.

“What we really don’t want is to see numbers increase which could result in more severe restrictions being put in place once again in parts, or all, of the city.”

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