LIVE: Updates and reaction from Leicestershire as Boris Johnson announces roadmap out of lockdown

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No more tiers

An important one for Leicester this.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi (can you tell who was on media duty this morning?) seems to have confirmed that the route out of lockdown will take a national approach, rather than a regional one.

This could mean that for the first time since the original national lockdown started on March 23, Leicester is in line with the rest of the nation.

Asked if the tier system would return, Mr Zahawi told LBC: “I think because the way this new variant actually took hold, which has become the dominant variant, the Kent variant, in the United Kingdom, infection rates around the country pretty much rose to similar, very high, unsustainable levels.

“So the view is very much that this is about a gradual reopening of the whole of England, not regional.”

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