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UK lockdown is on the way, government minister warns

by LLB Reporter
16th Mar 20 12:01 pm

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps warned on Monday morning that a UK lockdown is on its way, Boris Johnson has also refused to rule out placing entire cities in total lockdown.

Shapps told Sky News, “The UK has probably just been at a slightly different stage – compared with places like Italy but also a little behind where France and Germany are.

“It’s not that we’re not going to get there, but of course our responses are timed in a different way, unique to the particular stage of this that we’re in in the UK.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on coronavirus testing, he said the UK are “carrying out more tests than any other country in the world.”

Shapps said, “We are working very hard to do things including, for example, providing the ability for home testing, but just in terms of scientific technology getting those tests available, in other words inventing tests that can be used that quickly and in that way,they are not available at this time.

“Having said that, the UK – I think I’m right in saying other than China and Italy – is carrying out more tests than any other country in the world, so we are ahead of the game in terms of testing.”

According to ITV’s Shebab Khan, who spoke with government sources said, on Saturday evening, “The approach and strategy is to delay the spread of the virus so the measures could include closing down schools, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants.

“Tonight, the government has refused to rule out locking down entire cities if it gets to that stage.

“These are very serious measures being considered. This will all be a part of the emergency legislation for parliament.”

The UK shutdown of entire cities could be imposed within just 20 days, according to ITV.

According to an expert in infectious diseases, Professor Francois Balloux has warned that 20m people across the UK could be infected by coronavirus this summer.

Professor Balloux, of University College London warned the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, that his approach to the virus is a “big gamble.”

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