UK’S RAAB SAYS CORONAVIRUS NOT PEAKED; TOO EARLY TO LIFT LOCKDOWN


10/04/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday Britain had not yet reached the peak of the coronavirus epidemic. Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing on coronavirus, Raab said the measures would have to stay in place until “we've got the evidence that clearly shows we've moved beyond the peak." He asked the UK to “keep going” and not risk the progress already made.

He praised the UK public for abiding by the restrictions but said “We’re not done yet. We must keep going”. A total of 7,978 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of Wednesday, up by 881 from 7,097 the day before.

With the prime minister in hospital, there was concern as to whether the review would take place.  Raab said that the government’s SAGE committee would meet next week to review the latest evidence.  He also provided an update on the prime minister’s health, saying that although he remained in intensive care, “he continues to make positive steps and is in good spirits”.

Raab is currently standing in for the Prime Minister who's been struck down by coronavirus. Asked if he had spoken to the Prime Minister since he was admitted to hospital, Raab said he had not, but he insisted he had "all the authority I need to make the relevant decisions."


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