The Leicester lockdown is set to be extended as the coronavirus rate in the city is deemed still too high.

In Leicester, the rate has fallen slightly from 117.7 in the seven days to July 3 to 114.3 in the seven days to July 10. It was 156.8 in the seven days to June 26.

The figures, which are for the seven days to July 10, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two). The rate is expressed as the new number of new cases per 100,000 population.

Jonathan Van-Tam, The Deputy Chief Medical Office for England, said: “The situation has improved but it needs to go further. “With any of these things, usually the way that one approaches them from a public health perspective is to take a phased approach. “Normally you don’t just go from having the brakes on heavily to just taking the brakes off completely.”

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