Coronavirus news – live: Police in dark over how to enforce Leicester lockdown and new swine flu found in China

Samuel Osborne, Chiara Giordano, Vincent Wood
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Non-essential shops have shut again in Leicester and schools will close to most pupils from Thursday after the government ordered the first local lockdown amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

The city will now not see the further easing of lockdown planned for the rest of England from Saturday, health secretary Matt Hancock said. Labour has demanded a No 10 press conference to explain the lockdown, following claims of delays in reacting to the emergence of new cases and a failure to communicate with local civic leaders.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), meanwhile has warned “the worst is yet to come” as “globally the pandemic is actually speeding up” despite many countries making some progress.