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Tuesday, April 7, latest;

The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said that it is too early for the UK government to consider an exit strategy for the lockdown, while shifting the focus from social distancing measures could mean “we won’t get through the peak as fast as we need to”.

“At every step, we’ve been following the scientific advice, the medical advice, and we’ve been very deliberate in the actions that we’ve taken so that we take the right steps at the right moment in time. We’re increasing our NHS capacity by dramatically expanding the number of beds, key staff, lifesaving equipment on the frontline so people have the care they need when they need it most.

“As we’ve consistently said, we’re instructing people to stay at home so we can protect the NHS and so that we can save lives.”

Angela McLean, the deputy chief scientific adviser, joined Raab, and commeted that the growth in the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 symptoms is not as bad at it would have been if lockdown measures had not been put in place.