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Lockdown will continue 'for at least next three weeks'

Lockdown measures to slow the spread of coronavirus in the UK will be extended "for at least three more weeks", said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, deputising for the Prime Minister.

Mr Raab said relaxing the lockdown would risk a significant increase in the spread of coronavirus.

He said: "Earlier today I chaired meetings of the Cabinet and Cobra to consider theadvice from Sage on the impact of the existing social distancing measures... There are indications that the measures we have put in place have been successful in slowing down the spread of this virus. But Sage also say that is a mixed and inconsistent picture and, in some settings, infections are still likely to be increasing."

When will restrictions be lifted?

Mr Raab said the Government needed to be satisfied with five things before it would consider it safe to adjust any of the current measures...

  • When there's a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates to be confident the UK is beyond the peak

  • Once data from Sage shows the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels around the country

  • When testing capacity and PPE is sufficient enough to meet future demand

  • When experts are confident that any adjustments to the current measures would not risk a second peak in infections

  • When NHS’s ability to cope is protected and experts are confident that the NHS is able to provide sufficient critical care across the UK

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