October 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Ministers to discuss UK lockdown review

Ministers are to discuss a review of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown to consider whether restrictions on people’s movements should be extended.

The government’s emergency Cobra committee will look at evidence from scientists on the impact of measures brought in two-and-a-half weeks ago.

It comes as Boris Johnson enters a fifth day in hospital with coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the public is being encouraged to stay at home over Easter amid forecasted warm weather.

Temperatures are set to reach 25C (77F) in some parts of the country, according to the Met Office.

The Times reports that political leaders across the UK are preparing to unite to deliver a “stay at home this Easter” campaign.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – who is deputising for Mr Johnson as he continues treatment for the virus – will chair the virtual Cobra meeting, which will also include leaders of the devolved nations.

According to new laws, a review of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus must happen by 16 April.

In Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has already confirmed that lockdown measures will stay in place beyond next week, raising expectations this will be the case across the UK.

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