/Govt Covid-19 news update 26 April – lockdown must stay
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Officer for NHS England 

Govt Covid-19 news update 26 April – lockdown must stay

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Govt Covid-19 news update 26 April – from Downing Street. Lockdown working must keep it going

Environment Secretary George Eustice MP leads the Downing Street media briefing. He will have the latest information on hospital loss of life and hospital admissions.  The numbers are getting high.

George Eustice: must be satisfied five steps achieved before change in lockdown restrictions.  Supermarkets have taken steps to increase capacity.  Lockdown will be reviewed in a couple of weeks and it is important it is not lifted too soon.

With him:

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Officer for NHS England: traffic volume remaining low. Requests on Apple maps for walking, driving dropped by 80%.  Benefit in social distancing working. People with Covid-19 fallen. Deaths in hospital starting to decline. This is absolutely because we have paid attention to social distancing. Number of different measures and approaches that can be taken and it is up to government to decide on combination. It’s been a tough four weeks and we don’t want to lose by changing the restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back in office Monday 27 April, so it will be then probably when we hear anything positive on restrictions and lockdown.  On the other hand he may have other things in mind.

The media will follow with questions.  This is done via video link.

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