London [UK]: UK Government has announced to extend the lockdown to safeguard themselves from the pandemic COVID-19 outbreak, Dominic Raab, UK Foreign Secretary, said the UK government agreed to extend lockdown steps to curb coronavirus spread for another three weeks.
While addressing the media, he said he is currently standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson amid his recovery from COVID-19.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advised that relaxing any of the measures currently in place would risk damage to both public health and our economy.
As of now, based on this advice, the Government decided that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next 3 weeks.
The officials also established five main criteria for easing these steps, including the National Health Service’s ability to cope with the patient flow; a sustained and persistent decrease in the regular death rates associated with coronavirus; clear evidence that infection rates are dropping to manageable levels; Availability of all necessary resources and adequate testing capacity; and trust that the second wave of infection would not result from the weakening of the quarantine steps.
The UK has reported more than 103,000 cases of the disease so far, including 13,729 deaths.