UK Coronavirus lockdown extended for ‘at least three weeks’

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UK Coronavirus lockdown extended for ‘at least three weeks’

Lockdown restrictions in the UK will continue for “at least” another three weeks, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said.

At the daily No 10 briefing, Mr Raab said a review had determined relaxing the measures would risk harming public health and the economy.

Labour has called for details on how and when the lockdown would end.

It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of hospital deaths to 13,729.

Strict limits on daily life – such as requiring people to stay at home, shutting many businesses and preventing gatherings of more than two people – were introduced on 23 March, as the government tried to limit the spread of coronavirus.

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Ministers are required by law to assess whether the rules are working, based on expert advice, every three weeks.

Mr Raab said: “Any change to our social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in the spread of the virus. That would threaten a second peak of the virus and substantially increase the number of deaths.

“It would undo the progress we’ve made to date and, as a result, would require an even longer period of the more restrictive social distancing measures.”

 UK Coronavirus lockdown extended for 'at least three weeks'
UK Coronavirus lockdown extended for ‘at least three weeks’ photo credits crimson tazvinzwa

Some countries across Europe which introduced lockdown measures before the UK are now beginning to ease them, including Austria, Italy and Germany.

But they continue to require some social distancing measures, which reduce close contact between people and prevent large gatherings.

The announcement in the UK comes after a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee, involving the first ministers of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

"I must level with you, and I must be level with the British public; more families - more and more families are going to lose their loved ones before their time."Crimson Tazvinzwa
UK Coronavirus lockdown extended for ‘at least three weeks’
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