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UK News UK restrictions set to be reviewed at special 'lockdown summit'

05:35  09 april  2020
05:35  09 april  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Review of coronavirus lockdown has been pushed back from Easter Monday. Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, finally admitted yesterday that the UK needed to learn from the example of Germany where the number of deaths appeared to be growing more slowly.

Senior ministers are gathering for a "lockdown summit" that is expected to result in restrictions on movement being extended until May at the earliest.

Ahead of the COBRA meeting, hopes of an end to the shutdown of pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses were all but dashed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and other senior politicians.

Some ministers believe a decision to lift the ban will not be taken until the prime minister returns to work - and as this could be several weeks away, there is no end to the COVID-19 lockdown in sight.

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The Government's lockdown measures will be reviewed 'around' the three-week mark, Downing Some have also created special time slots for the elderly and other shoppers vulnerable to the new "I think it's perfectly reasonable to say that the lockdown is going to need to continue for a while and we

The updated advice for Britons, including on shopping, taking exercise and travelling to work.

Elizabeth II walking down a street in front of a building: Quotes from the Queen's address are broadcast on the screens in an empty Piccadilly Circus © Getty Quotes from the Queen's address are broadcast on the screens in an empty Piccadilly Circus

Government medical and scientific advisers are still unsure when there will be a peak in the number of people falling ill with the coronavirus, and in the number of fatalities.

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The strict lockdown , closely resembling the measures implemented in Germany, comes just three days after Johnson ordered the closure of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. It represents a further shift in London’s response to the crisis away from the initial model of allowing for mass infection to build “herd

The restrictions essentially send the UK into lockdown , though they do not go as far some European countries -- notably Italy and Spain -- in terms of enforcement. Johnson said the measures will be reviewed after three weeks, and people will not require paperwork to go outside.

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Boris Johnson has now spent a third night in intensive care, and his stand-in Dominic Raab will chair the COBRA talks, attended by cabinet ministers and the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In the latest health bulletin on Mr Johnson's condition, issued shortly before 7pm on Wednesday, a Number 10 spokesperson said: "The prime minister continues to make steady progress. He remains in intensive care."

A few hours earlier, at the latest Downing Street coronavirus news conference, Mr Sunak said: "The latest from the hospital is the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Hopes of an end to the shutdown of pubs and restaurants were all but dashed by the chancellor © Reuters Hopes of an end to the shutdown of pubs and restaurants were all but dashed by the chancellor

"I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team."

At the news conference, the government's deputy chief scientific adviser Angela Maclean hinted that schools could reopen before the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Asked about schools reopening before the summer, she said: "There is very interesting work into all sorts of different things that we might do in the next stage."

an empty park bench next to a tree: A bench is cordoned off in a London park as Britons are urged to stay at home © Reuters A bench is cordoned off in a London park as Britons are urged to stay at home

When the prime minister announced the lockdown in his televised address on 23 March, he told the nation: "I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to."

This three-week period ends on Easter Monday, and the Coronavirus Act rushed through parliament last month states that the government has until next Thursday to review the lockdown.

Although there will be no formal announcement of a decision after the COBRA meeting, it is expected that Mr Raab will warn the public to prepare for an extension of the lockdown at the Downing Street news conference this afternoon.

FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 handout photo provided by 10 Downing Street, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson claps outside 11 Downing Street to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in London. Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital on Monday, April 6, 2020 after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s office says Johnson is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment. Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via AP, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 handout photo provided by 10 Downing Street, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson claps outside 11 Downing Street to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in London. Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital on Monday, April 6, 2020 after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s office says Johnson is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment. Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via AP, File)

Presenting evidence at the COBRA meeting on the effectiveness of the lockdown so far will be the England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

Senior police chiefs will also report on lockdown enforcement and make recommendations on whether any easing of restrictions is possible or - more likely - tougher curbs on movement are needed.

Two leading political figures expected to be involved in the COBRA meeting have strongly resisted calls to relax or end the coronavirus lockdown.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced: "We will not throw away the gains we have made and the lives we have saved by abandoning our efforts just as they begin to bear fruit."

And London's Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I think we're nowhere near lifting the lockdown. I speak to experts regularly. We think the peak which is the worst part of the virus is still probably a week and a half away."

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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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