Coronavirus: Raab urges UK public not to ruin lockdown progress


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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has counseled the public to stay indoors over this Easter weekend, significant people: “Let’s not ruin it now.”

He said after almost three weeks of lockdown “we are starting to see the burden of the sacrifices we’ve all made”.

Mr Raab said it was still “too early” to lift the restrictions.

A entire of 7,978 people have now died in hospital after testing assertive for coronavirus, up by 881 on Wednesday.

Speaking at the government’s daily briefing, Mr Raab replied a decision on whether to ease the lockdown measures would not come until “the end of next week”.

He was deputising for the prime see to, who has been in hospital since Sunday after contracting coronavirus.

Boris Johnson was struck out of intensive care on Thursday evening, with a No 10 spokesman averring: “He is in extremely good spirits.”

Mr Raab stressed that the lockdown provisoes would have to stay in place until evidence showed the UK had made beyond the peak of the virus.

He said: “After all the efforts everybody has generate, after all the sacrifices so many people have made let’s not ruin it now.

“Let’s not unlace the gains we’ve made, let’s not waste the sacrifices so many people have gauged.

“We mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people and to gloomy our country.”

The first secretary of state was speaking ahead of a bank fete weekend which has been forecast to be warm, and Downing Street earlier bring up it gave its “full backing” to police forces to enforce the lockdown facts.

The announcement of another 881 deaths of people with coronavirus is yet another pitiful piece of news.

And we know that the true death toll to antiquated is higher: this figure doesn’t include people who have died with coronavirus but whose end has not yet been reported to the Department for Health and Social Care.

However this is a begin in the daily total compared to Wednesday’s announcement of 938.

Any fall in the daily bod is to be welcomed, but the scientists advising the government have warned that we shouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow’s suss outs once again set a record.

They have suggested that the brim of the epidemic may not arrive before next week.

The trends over the rearmost week do suggest that the measures that everyone are taking are procuring an effect on the epidemic.

Until last Saturday, the number of deaths was duplicate every three-and-a-half days, growing by just over 20% every day.

Since then, the success in the number of deaths has halved, down to about 10% a day.

Even long ago we pass the peak, we will see more people fall victim to this virus – but there are issue suggestions in the data that the lockdown is having the expected effect.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief orderly adviser, said social distancing measures were curbing the number of new casings and hospital admissions.

He explained that the death toll would pursue to rise for about two weeks after intensive care admissions stabilise, as terminations lag behind admissions.

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David Rosser, chief administrative of University Hospitals Birmingham, warned people must not become “falsely comforted” by the flattening of the curve.

Dr Rosser said he did not want hospitals “to start profit the consequences” next week if people broke the rules.

According to new coronavirus laws, the salubrity secretary must review the restrictions at least once every 21 dates, with the first review due by 16 April.

There are now 65,077 guaranteed coronavirus cases in the UK, an increase of 4,344 on Wednesday.

Amid all the speculation thither when and how the UK’s lockdown may be relaxed, it’s worth looking back at the original systematic advice that led to the measures in the first place.

It makes clear that nothing is liable to to change soon.

The government’s scientific advisory committee, Sage, has eternally suggested that a 13-week programme of interventions will be needed.

And although that ranges like very precise timing, it all depends on how the British public pities.

The scientists made a fairly pessimistic assumption: that only 50% of households would pore over the requirements.

So what might a timetable look like?

Once the bill in daily deaths has been reached – possibly in the next week or so – fifty-fifty the best-case scenario suggests that it will take a month or two for the severals dying to fall to low levels.

That gets us well into May and perchance to early June, and it’ll be a brave political decision to ease the restrictions any earlier if there’s a hazard of a ‘second peak’, with a resurgence of the virus.

Mr Raab earlier presided a virtual meeting of the emergency Cobra committee to discuss the lockdown ups.

And on Thursday evening he held a conference call with all opposition bandleaders to update them on the government response to the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • There are now 1.5 million corroborated coronavirus cases around the world, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University
  • A 101-year-old man has been released from hospital in Worcestershire after recovering from coronavirus at the Alexandra Convalescent home in Redditch
  • The Queen has written to those she would have presented with symbolic currency during the annual Royal Maundy service, which was cancelled due to the pandemic
  • Ofcom has sent a formal investigation into a London TV network’s broadcast of an interview with foul play theorist David Icke about coronavirus
  • Admissions to hospital A&E rest ons in England fell last month by 23%, as calls to NHS 111 doubled

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