The Health secretary, Matt Hancock, said that the rate of infection over seven days at Leicester was 135 cases per 100,000 population, three times higher than the city the next highest, and that of Leicester, accounted for 10% of all positive cases in the country last week.
“Given the growing epidemic in Leicester, we can not recommend that the easing of the lock-national that needs to take place on July 4, to occur at Leicester,” said Hancock in a statement to parliament.
“From tomorrow, stores non-essential will have to close, and as children have been particularly affected by this epidemic, the schools will also be closed from Thursday,” he said. He said that the children remained with low risk, but were likely to spread the disease.
Hancock urged people to avoid all non-essential travel to and from Leicester and in the city, which is located in the centre of England.