Dr Hilary Jones has suggested that more local lockdowns are ‘inevitable’ after Leicester experienced a rise in coronavirus cases.

Lorraine Kelly spoke about the situation on Good Morning Britain, suggesting that more areas could be seeing another lockdown.

‘They will be, oh they will be,’ Dr Hilary asserted.

With Lorraine asking: ‘Do you think it’s inevitable?’ Hilary responded: ‘Yeah there’s gonna be spikes.’

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He continued: ‘When you’ve got more cases, the R value goes up, so you lock it down.’

Pointing out that we don’t have the police or army out on the streets enforcing lockdown in the same way that other countries do, Dr Hilary explained: ‘We’re completely dependent on the community.’

Dr Hilary Jones
Dr Hilary opened up about local lockdowns (Picture: ITV)

He added: ‘Communication has to be good, people have to understand why [the lockdown is] in their interest.’

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This week, Leicester became the first area to go into local lockdown after experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases.

Schools and non-essential shops will close and residents are being urged to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel while the rest of England looks forward to the easing of restrictions on July 4.

The new rules – the first to be imposed on a single British city – also apply to outer neighbourhoods such as Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield.

It also means that people who are shielding will not be able to leave their homes on July 6, and pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers in the city will not open on Saturday in line with the rest of England.

Outlining the new rules, health secretary Matt Hancock said that schools would remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.

The new rules will be in place for at least two weeks and stricter social distancing rules could be put in place if people fail to comply.

However, Mr Hancock added that the measures would not be kept in place ‘any longer than is necessary’.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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