Leicester put on lockdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Tougher restrictions are coming into force in Leicester following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

Non-essential shops will be closed from Tuesday, the day Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks to shift focus to the recovery from the pandemic with a multi-billion pound "new deal" for infrastructure projects.

Rising numbers of cases in the East Midlands city - 10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week - mean the planned easing of restrictions on Saturday will not take place, with people have been advised against all but essential travel.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said Leicester's seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 - three times that of the next highest city.

While the exact area impacted is not expected to be made clear until later on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said Leicester and the surrounding areas including Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield would be included.

Mr Hancock said the measures would be kept under review and would not stay in place "any longer than is necessary", adding: "We'll review if we can release any of the measures in two weeks."<

He told the Commons: "These actions are profoundly in the national interest too because it's in everyone's interests that we control the virus as locally as possible."