Lockdown is unlikely to be eased considerably till each day Covid instances are within the a whole lot, in contrast with greater than 10,000 a day now, The Telegraph understands.
Matt Hancock, the Well being Secretary, stated the Authorities “completely” needed the present lockdown to be the final.
Mr Hancock advised UKTN Breakfast that he needed to make sure measures had been eased “fastidiously and cautiously” so as to not should put restrictions in place once more.
He stated: “Having a sustainable exit, so lifting the measures in such a method that may be sustainable and we do not have to have one other lockdown, that’s clearly an necessary a part of our concerns.”
What’s going to reopen first?
Ministers have stated the reopening of colleges in England on Mar 8 stays their first precedence, though studies have prompt the return could also be staggered, with secondary colleges going again per week later.
Mr Johnson stated no choices had been made on whether or not 12 months teams throughout colleges in England will return collectively or whether or not primaries and secondaries may very well be staggered.
Prof Neil Ferguson, who advises the Authorities as a part of the New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), stated modelling suggests “there in all probability is leeway to reopen all colleges” from March 8 however acknowledged there will probably be “barely extra of a danger” in an increase in instances than if simply main colleges had been reopened.
Nonetheless, The Telegraph can disclose that folks will probably be requested to check their secondary faculty youngsters when they return to high school, ought to plans be finalised between the Division for Training and union bosses on Thursday.
Mother and father will probably be supplied with lateral movement assessments to hold out the assessments twice per week, with each pupil being examined upon return to high school, which is predicted to be staggered by some 12 months teams.