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Rutland MP seeks to reassure residents after neighbouring Leicester becomes first local area to be locked down over high rate of Covid-19 infections

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns has sought to reassure residents in Rutland that it is "not part of the higher infection rate area" after neighbouring Leicester became the first local area to be locked down over Covid-19.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday (Monday, June 29) that non-essential shops in Leicester would be closed from today, schools would close from Thursday except to pupils of key workers and that restaurants, pubs and hairdressers planning to reopen on Saturday, July 4, will not be able to do so. This will be reviewed in two weeks.

In a statement, published to Facebook, Mrs Kearns (Con) said she was pushing for a map to be released quickly by Leicestershire County Council outlining the areas that have the higher Covid-19 infection rates.

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