Can the exit plan about TEN DAYS start? Ministers expect to continue planning the “next phase” after the extension of the block tomorrow
- The block of the coronavirus is extended by at least three weeks today
- The death toll rose 761 to 12,868 yesterday and is expected to rise again today
- But experts again warned of the long-term consequences for the economy
- Read more about how you can help people affected by COVID
Ministers could get the green light to begin planning a way out of the lock within ten days, the Chief Medical Officer suggested last night.
Chris Whitty said government experts at the time wanted enough evidence about the transmission of the coronavirus to “assess how we can move into the next phase.”
The cut will be extended by at least three weeks today, despite new warnings about the long-term consequences for the economy.
Ministers could get the green light to start planning an exit from the lock within ten days. Pictured: Queen’s inspiring message plays in the empty Piccadilly Circus in the capital
The cabinet is expected to end the extension at a conference call this morning pending a formal decision this afternoon by the government’s emergency Cobra committee, which will be attended by Nicola Sturgeon and political leaders in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Multiple government sources said there would be “no surprises”, with restrictions extended for another three weeks and the next revision unlikely before May 7.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the continued high death toll, which rose from 761 to 12,868 yesterday and is expected to rise again today, shows “why we can’t give up.”
He added, “We will not lift these measures until it is safe to do so.”
But at the Downing Street Daily Press Conference, Professor Whitty said the epidemic “probably reached the peak in general.”
He added, “The more insight we have into what that is, what will happen in the next ten days, the easier it is to assess how we can move to the next stage in a way that is properly substantiated. ‘
Last night, ministers were under increasing pressure to at least explain how and when the lockdown restrictions will be relaxed.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called on ministers to publish an ‘exit strategy’ on the lockdown, which has been in effect since March 23.
Unrest about the economic damage caused is also growing in Tory circles.
Chris Whitty said government experts at the time wanted enough evidence about the transmission of the coronavirus to “assess how we can move into the next phase.” Pictured: No sign of sun worshipers or families on Bournemouth beach
Former Chancellor Sajid Javid said it was vital to “lift this block as soon as possible based on scientific advice.”
A new report from the Resolution Foundation’s think tank suggests the economy may return to near normal levels relatively quickly if the freeze lasts three months, with perhaps only 3 percent lower in the medium term.
But a six-month lockout could lead to unemployment of five million.
The pressure increased last night after Angela Merkel revealed the first details of plans to release Germany from the lockdown.
But former health secretary, Lord Fowler, who led the Thatcher’s response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, warned against closing the deal “prematurely.”
The Tory colleague, now chairman of the gentlemen, said to the BBC: “We will certainly get into the greatest difficulties and difficulties if we go too early and we will go back into the crisis a few months later. That should be avoided. ‘