Local Covid lockdowns in England having limited effect, says minister

Robert Jenrick admits curbs have failed to eliminate virus, with new measures imminent

A senior cabinet minister has admitted that local lockdowns “haven’t yet seen the impact we would like to have seen” as tough new restrictions are expected to be introduced across large parts of northern England.

Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said measures imposed on millions of people more than two months ago would have helped to flatten the curve but they had not been as effective as hoped.

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