UK city of Leicester awaits lockdown fate after virus spike

LONDON (AP) — Residents of the central English city of Leicester are waiting Monday to hear whether lockdown restrictions will persist for two weeks longer following a spike in coronavirus infections. Leicester has recorded 866 new coronavirus cases in the two weeks to June 23, or nearly a third of its total through the pandemic. That prompted Home Secretary Priti Patel to indicate over the weekend that the city would face a local lockdown in a bid to get the outbreak under control. There are indications the British government wants current restrictions to remain for Leicester for two weeks beyond Saturday, when other pubs and restaurants can reopen in England.