UK Government Extends Lockdown By ‘At Least’ Three Weeks

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government had decided to extend a near-lockdown by “at least” three weeks.

Relaxing the lockdown measures now would “risk a second peak in the virus … [and] undo the progress we’ve made to date,” inflicting further damage to the economy, Raab told reporters.

“The worst thing we can do now is to ease up too soon … so the current restrictions will remain in place,” he said.

Raab is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering after hospital treatment following his coronavirus infection.

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