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A regional flare-up of coronavirus cases in Leicester has prompted officials to roll out a regional lockdown.

The move means the city and its surrounding areas will not emerge from parts of lockdown as swiftly as the rest of England, which is due to see Covid-19 restrictions eased further from Saturday onwards.

As pubs, restaurants and cafes gear up to reopen across the country from this weekend, residents in Leicester have instead been told to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to arrest the spread of the virus.

From Tuesday, all non-essential shops in the area will have to shut while schools will close their doors to most pupils from Thursday.

All but essential travel to, from and within the city is also being discouraged.

So, here’s what you need to know about the localised lockdown:

A spike in infections in Leicester means the city has three times more cases than the city with the next highest total (PA)

Which areas in Leicester are affected by the lockdown?

As well as the city of Leicester, which had a population of 329,839 people at the 2011 census, the “surrounding conurbation” will also be covered by the lockdown.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously cited the town of Oadby and the villages of Glenfield and Birstall as examples of areas that stand to be affected.

On Tuesday morning, Leicestershire County Council published a map of the lockdown area including the majority of the city itself and parts of Leicestershire that touch on the city’s boundaries.

This includes parts of Blaby District and Charnwood in the county.

Previously, Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said policing the lockdown would be “something of a challenge” without knowing what the boundaries were.

Leicester lockdown map:

(Crown Copyright/Ordnance Survey)

How long will the lockdown last?

The lockdown measures will be reviewed in two weeks, Mr Hancock said.

How will it be enforced?

Mr Hancock said the law will be changed in the next “day or two” to close all non-essential shops in Leicester.

The Health Secretary told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday that the Government was not making non-essential travel illegal, but said it would if it had to.

Leicestershire Police said: “This is a dynamic situation and we will adjust accordingly, providing proportionate policing under the relevant legislation to help keep people safe in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”