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A major rise in Covid-19 forced the government to tighten containment in Leicester.

“While cases have declined in much of the country” …

“Unfortunately, while cases have declined in much of the country since the peak, they have continued to increase in Leicester,” said the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, in comments reported by the French press.

Leicester which has some 340,000 residents counted “about 10% of all positive cases in the country last week,” he said.

As a result, “non-essential” businesses, which reopened in mid-June, will have to close again this Tuesday, June 30. Ditto for schools. “We must control this virus. We must keep people safe. These actions are also deeply in the national interest,” added the minister, hammering on the people to stay at home.

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“The main thing is to…”

Since the start of the epidemic in March, around 3,000 cases have been recorded in this British city, including 866 in recent weeks. “The main thing is to ensure that we are ready to act in the event of local outbreaks,” said the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson on Times Radio, as Le Figaro reports with the Ile-de-France press.

Lightening the confinement is a very delicate moment for the British leader, who is already very criticized for his management of the pandemic, which has killed 43,575 people in the United Kingdom. Which makes it the most affected country in Europe. Every day, a thousand people are tested positive.

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Canada Handled the Coronavirus Outbreak Better Than United States, PM Trudeau Says

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada handled the coronavirus outbreak better than many of its allies, including the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday in a rare public comment on the faltering U.S. effort.

Canada - with a population a tenth of the size of the United States - has so far recorded 8,711 deaths and 106,167 cases and Trudeau said the situation was stabilizing, although some hot spots remained.

In contrast, the United States has recorded more than 3 million cases and 131,000 deaths. Authorities have reported alarming upswings of daily case loads in roughly two dozen states over the past two weeks.

"We were able to control the virus better than many of our allies, particularly including our neighbor," Trudeau told a briefing, saying this would help efforts to restart the economy.

Canada and the United States have blocked nonessential travel between the two nations since March and are discussing whether to extend the ban when it expires on July 21.

Although Trudeau's relations with U.S. President Donald Trump have been good over the last 18 months, he skipped a Washington meeting on Wednesday to herald the start of a new continental trade agreement with the United States and Mexico.

Trudeau, who would have had to enter a 14-day quarantine period on his return, repeated concerns about the possible imposition of U.S. tariffs on Canadian exports of aluminum.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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