UK coronavirus live: Leicester lockdown tightened as infections rise

New measures see tightening of restrictions on schools and non-essential shops while rest of England prepares for loosening from Saturday

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The chancellor is expanding a £500m fund for UK startups hit by the coronavirus crisis, to ensure firms that shifted their headquarters abroad can still access the scheme.

The Future Fund will now benefit companies that are seen as British in all but name, having moved their parent company to tap US investors or take advantage of so-called accelerator programmes. Accelerators like US-based Y Combinator often ask firms to set up a US entity in order to access financing, mentorships and expert networks overseas.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the government will change the law to enforce the local lockdown in Leicester.

He told Sky News:

We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we’ve unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require legal underpinning.

We’re recommending against all but essential travel both to and from and within Leicester, and as we saw during the peak, the vast majority of people will abide by these rules.

Of course we will take further action including putting in place laws if that is necessary but I very much hope it won’t be.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus live: Leicester lockdown tightened as infections rise ———