September 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Lifting lockdown requires balanced judgement – Gove

The government will make a “balanced judgement” when deciding how to relax the coronavirus lockdown, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said.

The government does not yet have the information to show it would be safe to lift the restrictions, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

It comes as another 596 people have died with the virus, taking total UK hospital deaths to 16,060.

A Sunday Times report said schools could reopen as early as 11 May.

Mr Gove dismissed that as “not true”, saying no decision had been made.

He also added that hospitality venues would be among the last to exit the lockdown, which was extended on Thursday for another three weeks.

Strict limits on daily life – such as requiring people to stay at home, shutting many businesses and preventing gatherings of more than two people – were first introduced on 23 March, as the government tried to limit the spread of coronavirus.

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