The federal government doesn’t anticipate to make adjustments to coronavirus lockdown restrictions this week, Dominic Raab has stated.
The international secretary stated the UK’s plan “is working” however that “we’re nonetheless not handed the height of this virus”.
“Preserve this up, we’ve got come too far, misplaced too many family members and sacrificed an excessive amount of to ease up,” he stated.
It got here as deaths in UK hospitals rose to 11,329 – up by 717 since Sunday.
Mr Raab – who’s standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from his coronavirus an infection – stated a gathering of scientific advisers would happen to overview proof regarding the present lockdown restrictions this week.
“We do not anticipate to make any adjustments to the measures at the moment in place at that time and we can’t till we’re assured, as assured as we realistically might be, that any such adjustments might be safely made,” he stated.
He advised the every day Downing Avenue information convention that easing restrictions too early would “danger a second wave” of infections.
And responding to claims the federal government lacks an exit technique, Mr Raab stated it was “crucially essential that we don’t take our eye off the ball or the general public’s focus” on social distancing measures.
The Division of Well being stated an extra 4,342 individuals had examined optimistic for coronavirus as of 09:00 BST on Monday.
The UK authorities’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance advised the information convention the federal government would change its steering on the sporting of masks by most people if the proof confirmed it was the suitable factor to do.
Requested by the BBC’s David Shukman whether or not the federal government might change its recommendation on sporting masks outside as extra international locations introduce suggestions for his or her residents to take action, Sir Patrick stated an ongoing overview was contemplating proof on the influence of such a transfer.
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He stated the federal government had already seen “extra persuasive” knowledge suggesting masks can cease an individual passing the virus to another person, quite than stopping them from catching it.
However the recommendation has but to alter, he added.