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Leader welcomes lockdown lifting

Residents are praised - but rates show there's more to do

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Leicestershire County Council leader, Nick Rushton, has welcomed the news that Oadby and Wigston borough is to be taken out of lockdown, and praised residents’ response.

The government has announced that the borough will be removed from the lockdown zone and move in line with the rest of Leicestershire after the rate dropped to 35 per 100,000 people.

With figures still over four times as high as the national average of 7.8 per 100,000 people, the council is stressing it will keep close tabs on figures and consider bringing in local restrictions if numbers rise again, as has been seen in other parts of the country.

I welcome the decision to lift Oadby and Wigston out of lockdown.

Clearly an extended lockdown is tough and residents have understandably felt frustrated. The announcement signals a move towards a more normal way of life and is great news for local businesses who can open their doors and start trading again.

The response of residents has been tremendous and the testing rate in the borough is 12 times higher than the rest of the UK – and I’d like to thank people for heeding our call. By doing so, they’re flushing out cases and helping to bring down infection rates and us to get a grip on this deadly virus.

Unfortunately, rates in the borough are still too high. So let’s not be under any illusions - there is still work to do. The key to getting this under control is in all of our hands. If you have symptoms get a test, self-isolate if you, or anyone in your home has symptoms, keep your distance and wash your hands. Keeping this up will enable us to ease restrictions further.

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