On Wednesday the UK recorded it highest death toll in two weeks sparking fears of a second spike, and the Health Secretary has introduced a new delay law.
Matt Hancock announced the government are to extend their maximum three-week review time between lockdown measures to four weeks.
Hancock said, “To ensure that we are making future decisions about the lockdown at the right time, the maximum review period will change from 21 days to 28 days.
“This will allow decisions to align more closely with the period of time necessary to assess the impact of previous changes on key data feeds, including the R [infection] rate.
“The government will also keep all the measures under continual review and will account to Parliament on an ongoing basis.”
NHS England announced 179 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total government reported deaths in hospitals to 27,044. Wales reported 17, with 11 in Scotland and eight Northern Ireland.