The UK lockdown will be extended for at least three more weeks
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has warned that ending restrictions too soon would bring a second wave of coronavirus that would cost lives and cause further economic damage.
- The infection rate is not down as far as it needs to be.
- Government does not want to risk a second lockdown.
- The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, says numbers of people in hospital are largely flat and beginning to stabilise with lockdown in place.
- The UK’s death toll from the virus has continued to rise, by 861, in the 24 hours to 5 pm Wednesday.
- There is no definitive timetable for easing lockdown.
- Social distancing measures must be maintained.
- Deaths should plateau before they decline.
5 conditions needed to relax lockdown
That it can protect NHS’ ability to cope with new infections; that there has been a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rates; that there is reliable data from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) showing the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels; that government is comfortable PPE and testing capacity, as well as other supplies, are enough for the future; that any adjustments will not risk a second peak.