The British government may likely extend the nationwide lockdown for another three weeks, as coronavirus cases surge near 13,000.
According to the AFP, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will on Thursday meet with key ministers before making the announcement.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC television on Thursday, ahead of meetings of the cabinet and a special coronavirus committee that it is too early to make a change as the current death toll is steadily approaching 13,000.
He said: “Whilst we’ve 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 that is still far too high.”
He added that the vast majority of Britons had followed rules not to go out except for exercise and to buy essential items.
“I don’t want to put all of that good effort to waste. Because if we just released all the measures then this virus would run rampant once again, and we can’t let that happen.” said Hancock
The Health Secretary himself also had coronavirus but recovered quickly. He did not say how long the lockdown would continue, but the law stipulates that the measures must be reviewed every 21 days. The government had on March 23 imposed a 21 days stay-at-home order as part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the nation.