Government states it is ‘too early to lift lockdown’

Rising coronavirus deaths across the UK mean it is "too early to lift lockdown", say government officials.

In the latest briefing from Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State stated that despite the positive affect of lockdown on the coronavirus outbreak, it is likely to continue past three weeks.

The lockdown was initially introduced for a three week period with Boris Johnson saying that the situation would be reviewed again next week.

Now, Mr Raab said that if the lockdown is lifted too early, more people could die.

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In his briefing, he said: "It’s been almost three weeks and we’re starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we’ve all made.

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“But the deaths are still rising and we haven’t yet reached the peak of the virus. So it’s still too early to lift the measures that we put in place.

“We must stick to the plan and we must continue to be guided by the science."

He also pleaded with people to continue follow the restrictions so that the hard work of the last three week wasn't undone.

He added: "After all the efforts everybody has made, after all the sacrifices so many people have made let’s not ruin it now.

“Let’s not undo the gains we’ve made, let’s not waste the sacrifices so many people have made.

Liverpool City Centre under lockdown.

“We mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people and to hurt our country.”

During the daily update, Mr Raab said they would not have more information about the restrictions until the end of next week.

Mr Raab said: “Thank you for your sacrifice, but we’ve not done yet have to keep going.

“I chaired a Cobra meeting today to take stock and assess, we are still collating data, the early signs show they are having the impact we need them to have, but it’s too early to say this confidently.

“We don't expect to be able to say anything more on this until the end of next week.

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“The measures have to stay in place until we are confident we are past the peak.”

The number of people who have died at Liverpool's hospitals after falling ill with coronavirus now stands at 113.

According to official figures, the vast majority of those died at the hospitals run by the Royal Liverpool Trust – which includes the Royal, Broadgreen and Aintree hospitals.

This overall number has risen by ten since yesterday's update.

Latest NHS England figures show that one more coronavirus death has been recorded in Wirral, taking the peninsular's total to 47 at present.

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Tragedies are also mounting at the Southport and Ormskirk Trust – which runs hospitals in both towns – with four more deaths recorded creating a total of 38.

The Trust covering St Helens and Whiston Hospitals has sadly registered a further six deaths in today's update and has a total of 34 overall.

Three more deaths at the Warrington and Halton Hospital Trust mean 20 people have now died there after testing positive for Covid-19.

Sadly these figures refer only to the people who have sadly died in hospitals after being tested for coronavirus.

It is feared that the overall figures will be significantly higher when factoring in people who have died at home – or in care homes.

In total, a further 887 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, bringing the death toll to 7,248.

NHS England has confirmed 756 more people have died in its hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths from 6,483 to 7,248.

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Patients were aged between 24 and 103 years old.

43 of the 765 patients (aged between 33 and 99 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

Their families have been informed.