The federal government doesn’t count on to make modifications to coronavirus lockdown restrictions this week, Dominic Raab has stated.
The international secretary stated the UK’s plan “is working” however that “we’re nonetheless not handed the height of this virus”.
“Hold this up, we now have come too far, misplaced too many family members and sacrificed an excessive amount of to ease up,” he stated.
It got here as deaths in UK hospitals rose to 11,329 – up by 717 since Sunday.
Mr Raab – who’s standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from his coronavirus an infection – stated a gathering of scientific advisers would happen to evaluate proof regarding the present lockdown restrictions this week.
“We do not count on to make any modifications to the measures at present in place at that time and we cannot till we’re assured, as assured as we realistically will be, that any such modifications will be safely made,” he stated.
He instructed the day by day Downing Road information convention that easing restrictions too early would “danger a second wave” of infections.
And responding to claims the federal government lacks an exit technique, Mr Raab stated it was “crucially necessary that we don’t take our eye off the ball or the general public’s focus” on social distancing measures.
The Division of Well being stated an extra 4,342 individuals had examined constructive for coronavirus as of 09:00 BST on Monday.
The UK authorities’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance instructed the information convention the federal government would possibly change its steerage on the sporting of face masks by most people if the proof confirmed it was the best factor to do.
Requested by the BBC’s David Shukman whether or not the federal government may change its recommendation on sporting masks open air as extra nations introduce suggestions for his or her residents to take action, Sir Patrick stated an ongoing evaluate was contemplating proof on the affect of such a transfer.
He stated the federal government had already seen “extra persuasive” information suggesting masks can cease an individual passing the virus to another person, quite than stopping them from catching it.
The UK’s recommendation would possibly change sooner or later, he added.
Ought to wholesome individuals put on face masks?
It has develop into a vexed difficulty on this pandemic and the UK authorities’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, stated the nation’s stance was being reviewed.
Thus far the UK has suggested in opposition to using face masks by most people.
There stays concern that sporting one provides individuals a false sense of safety resulting in them slacking off different measures akin to hand washing.
However america modified its thoughts and recommends that even wholesome individuals do put on them.
That shift was partly because of the science displaying individuals have been infectious for a day earlier than they begin displaying signs.
The World Well being Group’s particular envoy on coronavirus, Dr David Nabarro, stated he thought sporting face masks would develop into the “norm”.
He stated the precedence was well being care employees after which for individuals who have the illness to minimise their danger of spreading it.
However sooner or later he can see face masks being really useful for individuals who cannot socially distance of their jobs, akin to hairdressers, after which ultimately everybody.
Care dwelling outbreaks
Prof Chris Whitty, the UK authorities’s chief medical adviser, instructed the briefing that 92 care properties within the UK had detected an outbreak of coronavirus within the final day alone.
“General, within the final 24 hours, there are 92 care properties the place an outbreak has been detected,” he stated. “If an outbreak is suspected public well being authorities will go in to do testing to examine if an outbreak has taken place.”
It got here after 13 residents of 1 72-bed care dwelling in County Durham died after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
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