A YouGov poll, released on Monday, was conducted on April 9 and asked 2,714 people if they supported or opposed an extension of the curfew. An overwhelming majority of 91 percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat supported continuing existing social distancing restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This comes as government scientific director Sir Patrick Vallance hinted at the daily press conference on Downing Street on Monday that the foreclosure should continue for at least another month.
Sir Patrick warned that he expected the number of deaths from COVID-19 to continue to increase this week before reaching a plateau that could last three weeks.
Only when the UK is “firmly on the other side” will it be prudent to relax some of the restrictions, he added.
Dominic Raab, who replaces Boris Johnson, stressed the need to be cautious and to make no hasty decisions, saying it was “absolutely crucial” not to give up at this point.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said a formal decision on how to facilitate the foreclosure would be made by the ministers after they had the opportunity to examine the evidence from the Scientific Advisory Panel for Emergencies (SAGE).
He said: “We do not expect to make any changes to the measures currently in place at this stage and we will not do so until we are confident, as confident as possible, that such changes can be made in all safety. security. ”
The caution of Downing Street comes despite the fact that Monday saw a third consecutive day of decline in the number of hospital deaths caused by coronavirus.
According to the latest figures released on Monday, 717 new deaths were reported, 20 fewer than the day before.
However, the reduction should be treated with extreme caution, as it is likely due to underreporting during the Easter holiday period.
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At the same time, unemployment has soared to record levels, increasing the pressure on Downing Street to find a plan to get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.
To this end, ministers were asked to provide evidence showing how many lives could be lost, rather than saved, by the curfew.
The idea is to show that missed cancer diagnoses, long-term poverty and an under-funded NHS due to lower tax revenues could prove more deadly than the long-term killer virus.
A minister told the Daily Telegraph: “If you look at what happened when we locked out, we took the public with us because they realized that the time had come when it had to be done.
“If we had done it a week earlier, people would have ignored it and a week later, people would have said we had reacted too late.
“It must be the same when we get out. “
The decision to lift restrictions on social displacement remains with all European governments.
In Germany, Angela Merkel will meet with the heads of German federal states on Wednesday to examine the same issue, as they examine the latest scientific evidence.