LONDON (dpa-AFX) – The British government has tightened contact restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic in the English city of Leicester. The British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Monday in Parliament in London. Shops in the central English city should close again from Tuesday, Hancock announced. Schools also have to close their doors again during the week.
The government in London had partially lifted the restrictions imposed in England in late March in recent weeks. Shops in the largest part of Britain have been open again since mid-June. School lessons have also been resumed for certain grades. From July 4th onwards, restaurants, hotels, museums, churches and libraries will again be able to receive visitors. But that didn’t apply to Leicester, said Hancock. “We recommend that people in Leicester stay at home as much as they can, and we advise against all unnecessary trips to and from Leicester.”
New infections in the city of about 350,000 people, according to Hancock, accounted for ten percent of all cases in England last week. With more than 43,500 deaths in coronavirus-infected people, the UK is the most severely affected country in Europe by the pandemic. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own contact restrictions./cmy/DP/fba