Health secretary says it’s ‘too early’ to end coronavirus lockdown measures



Health secretary Matt Hancock says he would not want to ‘waste’ the efforts of the public by lifting the coronavirus lockdown and letting them ‘run rampant again’.

Mr Hancock was speaking to BBC Breakfast after it emerged this morning ministers could be looking to extend the UK lockdown by another three weeks ahead of the Covid-19 peak.

Opposition politicians have already welcomed the news with Northern Ireland already confirming lockdown would last into May.

Mr Hancock said: “I’m not going to pre-judge the formal decision that is going to be taken, however, I think everybody can see that we’ve been clear that we think that it is too early to make a change,” the Health Secretary told BBC Breakfast.

“And whilst we have seen a flattening of the number of cases, and thankfully a flattening of the number of deaths, that hasn’t started to come down yet, and as far as I’m concerned is still far too high.”

Mr Hancock added: “I understand those who are calling for an end to the lockdown or some kind of exit strategy to start now, but I think it’s just too early for that.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the party will back an extension, but has called on ministers to set out an “exit strategy” explaining how they will eventually be lifted.

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