Coronavirus: Dominic Raab says UK ‘must keep going’ with lockdown measures

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK “must keep going” with coronavirus lockdown measures as he told Britons: “We’re not done yet”.

Speaking at Downing Street’s daily briefing, Mr Raab said the government did not expect to be able to give more details on when lockdown measures might be lifted until the end of next week.

He spoke after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee, which was joined by senior ministers and the leaders of devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They were expected to have discussed how a decision about whether to extend coronavirus lockdown measures in the UK will be taken.

Mr Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, also once again chaired the daily morning meeting of the government’s coronavirus “war cabinet” in the prime minister’s absence.

Downing Street said on Thursday morning the prime minister “continues to improve” in intensive care and had a “good night” at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Mr Johnson was first admitted to hospital on Sunday evening for tests after his coronavirus symptoms persisted more than a week after he tested positive for the virus.

His health deteriorated on Monday afternoon, which prompted his transfer to intensive care.

The prime minister is receiving “standard oxygen treatment”, Number 10 added.

Mr Johnson was last seen in public a week ago, when he appeared on the doorstep of 11 Downing Street to join in with the applause for NHS workers.

Mr Raab is expected to take part in Thursday night’s applause.

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