The curfew imposed in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic will last significantly longer than three weeks, the government says. “I can’t make an accurate prediction, but I think everyone has to be prepared for this measure to remain in effect for some time to come,” said Cabinet Secretary of State Michael Gove, the BBC broadcaster on Sunday. An expert warned that exit restrictions could continue until June.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who suffers from the corona virus, said about a week ago that the curfew would last three weeks. Britain had taken the measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic significantly later than most European countries. In the meantime, people are only allowed to go outside for shopping, work, medical appointments and sporting activities.
The epidemiologist Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London, who also advises the government, is still expecting a month-long ban. “I think we have to keep these measures going for a significant period of time – probably until late May, maybe even early June. May is optimistic,” he told the Sunday Times.
Gove also criticized the Chinese government in the BBC interview. At the beginning of the pandemic, Beijing had not made clear “the extent, the type and the risk of infection” of the virus.
In the UK, 1228 coronavirus deaths were reported up to Sunday. A total of 127,737 people were tested for the new virus, and 19,522 tested positive.
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