UK To Extend Coronavirus Lockdown For At Least 3 Weeks

UK To Extend Coronavirus Lockdown For At Least 3 Weeks

UK To Extend Coronavirus Lockdown For At Least 3 Weeks

The country has 104,133 cases of the virus which is the highest in the world after US, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, according to John Hopkins coronavirus center data.

Britain extended its nationwide lockdown yesterday as stand-in leader Dominic Raab ordered Britons to stay at home for at least another three weeks to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak which has already claimed over 138,000 lives globally.

The restrictions, which have totally changed day-to-day life since being implemented last month, will stay in place as hundreds of COVID-19 deaths continue to be reported daily. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab holds the Digital Covid-19 Press Conference with Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty in No10 Downing Street. Prof Ferguson added: "We will have to maintain a significant level of social distancing, probably indefinitely, until we have a vaccine available".

But I am clear that we can not risk throwing away all the sacrifices we have made here in Wales over the last few weeks by lifting the restrictions too soon.

The government has insisted the lockdown is working and there are signs the pandemic is peaking in Britain, with Raab noting the infection rate is thought to have markedly reduced.

Mr Raab said there were still "issues with the virus spreading in some hospitals and in care homes".

"That would risk a quick return to another lockdown with all the threat to life that a second peak to the virus would bring and all the economic damage that a second lockdown would carry".

The Department of Health reported: "327,608 people have been tested of which 103,093 tested positive".

- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine.

"So, the current restrictions will remain in place".

He said that the following conditions will need to be met before the government considers lifting the lockdown measures.

"We are now at both a delicate and risky stage in this pandemic".

Earlier today, Northern Ireland's first minister Arlene Foster tweeted the message was simple.

Explaining that the government closely follows scientific advice, Mr Raab said that the United Kingdom still doesn't have the infection rate as low as it needs to.

Officals say the restriction will only be lifted after the country passes its peak.

Labour has called on the government to release an exit strategy, though leader Keir Starmer has said the party backed an extension of the lockdown.

"If we rush to relax the measures that we have in place, we would risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress that has been made".

We must continue to support them as much as we can.

Some schools are reopening in May and Chancellor Angela Merkel said small shops could follow suit from next week, but with strict hygiene and social distancing measures.

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