News | Published April 16 2020

Lock-down extension of three weeks to be approved

Cabinet ministers are expected to announce an extension to the coronavirus lockdown of three weeks.

An emergency Cobra meeting, to be led by Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, will examine the continuation of social distancing measures for a further period.

While Labour have offered their support to an extension, they have requested a time stamp for when the lockdown is expected to end.

Social care directors continue to criticise the distribution of PPE for carers, referring to the situation as "shambolic".

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has confirmed that there have been 27 verified deaths due to coronavirus among NHS staff.

He has said that the government “think it too early to make a change" regarding alterations to country wide social isolation.

He continued: "We can see that we're reaching a peak, that is good news, but we can see that the numbers are not yet coming down, therefore we can't make a change.

"If we just released all the measures now then this virus would run rampant.”

Hancock will meet the first ministers of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales prior to making a formal decision.

On 23 March, prime minister Boris Johnson introduced social distancing measures across the country in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19.

People are only allowed to leave the house once a day for the purpose of exercise, to do essential shopping, fulfil medial or care needs, and to travel to and from work only where “absolutely necessary”.

By law, ministers are required to assess the suitability of the rules every three weeks, informed by the advice of experts.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
April 16 2020

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