UK lockdown extended for at least three more weeks

THE Government's lockdown measures which aim to slow the spread of Covid-19 have been extended for at least three more weeks.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab officially revealed the extension at the daily Downing Street briefing on this evening.

Mr Raab, deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from the illness, said: “Any change to our social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in the spread of the virus.”

He added relaxing rules could cause a “second peak” which would risk increasing deaths “substantially”.

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Ministers agreed the need to prolong social distancing measures following meetings of the Cabinet and the Government’s emergency committee Cobra, amid signs the epidemic in the UK is beginning to peak.