Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the public in the Government’s Monday night coronavirus briefing. Mr Hancock admitted the lockdown in England may be extended beyond December 2nd as the Government continues to look at the data. Diviya from Leicester submitted the question: “Will a national lockdown be extended past December 2nd if cases and deaths continue to rise? If not, what is the reasoning behind this?”
Mr Hancock admitted the data the Government has been collecting on coronavirus cases and deaths after the implementation of the national lockdown was not yet sufficient to give an answer to this.
He answered: “Thank you, another excellent question and an important one.
“The answer is that it is too early to know what the number of cases will be as we come to the end of the current lockdown.
“I might add Susan to add a few more details.
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“What I would say is that at the moment most of the tests that we are getting back that are positive cases are from around the time when the lockdown came in.
“So we are yet to see it in the data, and it is too early to expect to see it in the data, the impact of a second lockdown.
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