Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has announced that the UK’s first local lockdown in Leicester will only be partially lifted, with schools and some non-essential retail reopening. The resumption of much of the hospitality sector enjoyed across the rest of England will not yet take place in the city, where the infection rate remains “well above the national average”.
Meanwhile, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who previously said 20,000 deaths would be a “good result” in the pandemic, told MPs on the Commons science and technology committee: “It’s clear the outcome in the UK has not been good. I think we can be absolutely clear about that.”
It came as memorials were held at Manchester Cathedral and the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, to honour the many people who have died during the pandemic.