United Kingdom extends coronavirus lockdown by 3 weeks

United Kingdom extends coronavirus lockdown by 3 weeks

Britain and other G7 countries discussed the need to learn the lessons of how the novel coronavirus came to spread throughout the world, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

The United Kindom extended the lockdown in the country after 861 more deaths in the last 24 hours with the country reporting 13,700 deaths due to the virus.

"Based on this advice, which we have very carefully considered, the Government has decided that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next three weeks".

Raab said: "The advice from Sage [the scientific advisory group for emergencies] is that relaxing any of the measures now in place would risk damage to both public health and our economy".

Since then, people have been asked to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if they can not work from home). Citizens are allowed to exercise in public once a day, and can travel to work if they are unable to work from home.

He said there were indications that the restrictive measures implemented by the Conservative Party government on March 23 had worked.

The expert said that "R" was likely below 1 in the community but that it could be higher in certain hospitals and care settings.

Later today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will face questions from MPs over the government's coronavirus response.

Any lifting of the restrictions, he said, would depend on five conditions.

The worst thing we could do right now is to ease up too soon.

Amid all the gloom, however, there was some good news.

He said Britons had "sacrificed too much to ease up now".

The decision to continue lockdown restrictions was taken after meetings of the Cabinet, the emergency Cobra committee and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Emma Walmsley said on Wednesday that a vaccine was unlikely to be ready before the second half of next year.

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