During the daily Downing Street press conference on Sunday, Dr Jenny Harries the deputy chief medical officer warned that the UK lockdown could last for up to six months, or even longer.
She warned people that no one should see the coronavirus crisis as “something that will blow over” within weeks.
The UK’s senior Dr said at the press briefing, “The issue of the three weeks is for us to review where we are and see if we’ve had an impact jointly on the slope of that curve.
“But I think to make it clear to the public if we are successful we will have squashed the top of that curve, which is brilliant, but we must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living that would be quite dangerous.
“If we stop then all of our efforts will be wasted, and we could potentially see a second peak. So over time, probably over the next six months, we will have a three-week review.”
Dr Harries further said it is very “plausible” that these restrictions could need to in force longer than that.
She added, “If we practise social distancing effectively, we will move the peak across, and this is a good thing.
“The data that we have, the modelling going forward, will suggest that in the time period that the Prime Minister noted, which was 12 weeks, we would get on top of the virus.
“That is exactly what I hope we will do. The proof of that will come in about two to three weeks.
“We need to wait for two to three weeks to see what we have achieved, and then the slope of that curve will begin to indicate where a new peak will be.”
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said all parts of the country are now on a “war footing.”
Military coordinators are working with emergency services and local officials to tailor the response in every region of the UK.
Jenrick said, “This is an unprecedented step in peace time, we haven’t done anything like this since the Second World War.
“This means that we are establishing strategic coordination centres across the whole country.”
“We’re bringing together senior members of the emergency services, the police, the fire service, the ambulance service, with local authorities and the NHS to lead communities through this challenging period.”
Whilst people seemingly believe they are safe by being outside, they are in fact wrong. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which is a private research university, have written a shocking new report over the spread of coronavirus.
The new report written by experts at the renowned US university have found that viral droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes can travel at speeds of 33ft to 100ft per second.