Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in September

10.24pm BST

Nick Rushton, the leader of Leicestershire County Council, appeared supportive of the new restrictions for Leicester and surrounding areas:

Protecting residents is our main concern and we’re working closely with Leicester City Council and the Government to bring down the number of cases.

Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can’t be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.

10.20pm BST

Reacting to the new lockdown restrictions set to be imposed on Leicester, the city’s mayor Peter Soulsby told BBC Radio Leicester:

They’ve gone further than we anticipated they might.

They are clearly determined to start with the maximum, as it were, to see how it works and then perhaps to use the learning from this in other areas I have no doubt will follow.

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