Questions remain over the UK’s coronavirus strategy in the absence of Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister was spending a second night in intensive care.
Mr Johnson’s condition on Tuesday night remained ‘stable’ as he stayed in St Thomas’s for ‘close monitoring’, according to Downing Street.
While he was said to be still in ‘good spirits’, concerns were raised over when the lockdown measures will be reviewed – and England’s chief medical officer admitted the UK has ‘a lot to learn’ from Germany’s expansive testing scheme.
But there was cautious optimism from chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance after he said the fight against Covid-19 “could be moving in the right direction”.
Earlier at the daily Downing Street press conference, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he is ‘confident’ the PM will pull through after a worsening of his coronavirus symptoms.
Mr Raab, who is deputising in Mr Johnson’s absence, suggested the review of the lockdown announced by the PM when he set out the restrictions would not go ahead on Monday as scheduled.
He stressed that they could not consider easing the lockdown restrictions until it was clear the peak of the epidemic had passed and it could be ‘responsibly done’.
Downing Street later confirmed the review would take place after the three-week mark originally committed to.
But the emergency legislation laid before Parliament three days after the PM’s announcement states that a review must take place every 21 days, with the first deadline being April 16.
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