Another 3 weeks of lockdown, at least

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.

Why?

 

  1. The infection rate is not down as far as it needs to be.
  2. Government does not want to risk a second lockdown.
  3. 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.
  4. The UK’s death toll from the virus has continued to rise, by 861, in the 24 hours to 5 pm Wednesday.
  5. There is no definitive timetable for easing lockdown.
  6. Social distancing measures must be maintained.
  7. Deaths should plateau before they decline.

5 conditions needed to relax lockdown

 

Raab has set out the five things the government would need to be sure of before any lockdown measures are relaxed.

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.

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