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Lockdown measures could be eased over ‘economic impact’

by LLB Reporter
13th Apr 20 10:50 am

The UK are entering the fourth week of lockdown and a review is to happen this week, but some members of the Cabinet want measures to eased.

Government ministers said they want to be sure the UK has past the coronavirus peak before lockdown measures can be eased.

However, there are members of the Cabinet that want measures to be eased over concerns of the impact to the UK economy.

An unnamed minister was quoted as saying, it is important not to do any “more damage” and measures could be relaxed within a month, according to The Times newspaper.

On Thursday scientific advisors will meet with the government for a formal review which is required in law, over social distancing.

However, on Sunday Professor Yvonne Doyle, the Medical Director at Public Health England warned at Downing Street’s press briefing that the coronavirus peak has not yet hit.

She warned that fears are growing as there have been an increase of coronavirus cases in some parts of the England, which could become new epicentres.

She said that North West Yorkshire and the North East have seen a spike in infected people being treated in hospitals for coronavirus.

However, she said that cases in London are now starting to stabilise, as Professor Doyle said, “on the next slide, we can see people in hospital beds with Covid-19.”

Doyle, the Medical Director of NHS England said that they are “tracking” France and that Italy.

Doyle added, in terms of the global comparison of coronavirus deaths, the UK is “close” to Italy, which has just over 20,000 deaths.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of The Wellcome Trust, says it’s possible the UK could end up with the worst coronavirus death rate in Europe.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the “Numbers in the UK have continued to go up.

“And yes, the UK is likely to be certainly one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe.”

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