UK to extend lockdown amid signs outbreak nearing peak

More than 12,868 have died in the U.K. Extending the lockdown has widespread public and political support.


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April 16, 2020 - 9:25 AM

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government was poised today to extend a nationwide lockdown for several more weeks, as health officials said Britain’s coronavirus outbreak — one of Europe’s worst — is nearing its peak.

Authorities were expected to announce an extension of restrictions on movement and business activity after a meeting of the government’s crisis committee, COBRA.

Before the official announcement, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “it is too early to make a change” to the lockdown the government ordered on March 23 to slow the spread of the virus. Schools, pubs, restaurants and most shops are closed, and most people are allowed to leave home only for essential errands or exercise.

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