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Daily runs special edition marking 100 days of local lockdown

A regional daily has marked 100 days since the city it serves became the first area of the country to be subjected to a local coronavirus lockdown.

The Leicester Mercury has produced a special report looking at the effect the restrictions have had in Leicester, dedicating the first 11 pages of Wednesday’s edition, pictured below, to the issue.

HTFP reported last month how the Mercury had issued a front page challenge to Health Secretary Matt Hancock over his lack of availability for interview.

At the time, the newspaper said Leicester remained “in the dark” about the lockdown imposed upon it.

Merc 100

Editor Adam Moss told HTFP his readers had “suffered more than most” suring the pandemic.

He said: “Leicester was the first place in the UK to be placed in local lockdown and reaching 100 days is a milestone everyone in the city clearly never hoped we’d reach.

“As a number of other places across the country are now in local lockdown too, we felt it was a worthwhile exercise to highlight Leicester’s so far unique experience of the pandemic and take a look at whether or not it’s actually helping to bring the local infection rates down.

“There are still lots of questions being asked locally about what it will take to get the local lockdown lifted – and there doesn’t seem to be any clear answer so far.

“So for the people in Leicester, who have suffered more than most, there isn’t really currently any obvious end point in sight at this moment in time.”

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