Ministers have raised the prospect of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown extending beyond three weeks, as Boris Johnson spent a third night in intensive care.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the Prime Minister, will chair a Cobra emergency committee today to discuss the lockdown measures with leaders of the devolved nations.
But with Wednesday seeing a rise of 938 in the number of deaths in hospitals of patients who tested positive for Covid-19, the highest new total so far, and the Prime Minister still in hospital, there seems little chance of the lockdown being lifted.
However the restrictions face their toughest test so far over the Easter weekend, with temperatures set to reach 25C (77F) in some parts of the country, which could tempt more people to break the stay at home rules.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak refused to ‘speculate’ about the future of the lockdown, instead confirming there would be a review of the measures ‘in and around three weeks’ after they started.
The three-week mark will be reached on Easter Monday, while legislation designed to assist with the containment must also be reviewed at least once every 21 days – with the first due to be carried out by April 16 at the latest.
Mr Sunak sidestepped questions about the prospect of different parts of the UK emerging from the lockdown at different times.
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