Coronavirus news: First UK local lockdown imposed in Leicester as WHO chief warns pandemic ‘not even close to being over’

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Britain’s first local lockdown has been imposed in Leicester by the government after a surge in coronavirus cases in the city.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said schools and non-essential retail shops will have to close again, while existing anti-coronavirus measures would be extended for at least two weeks longer than the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, has called the pandemic a “disaster” for the UK and made it clear he wants to boost infrastructure spending to help the economy.

Globally, the death toll for Covid-19 has topped half a million, while more than 10 million people have tested positive for the virus.

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