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The latest daily press conference from the UK government. It was led by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, who was joined – 2m apart, of course – by deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.
It could be at least six months before life in the UK returns to “normal”, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said.
Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Dr Jenny Harries added: “This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months.”
But, she added, “We have to be really, really responsible and keep doing what we’re all doing.”
Dr Harries said the government would review the lockdown measures for the first time in three weeks.
But she warned the public: “We must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living. That would be quite dangerous.”
She continued: “If we stop then all of our efforts will be wasted and we could potentially see a second peak.
“So over time, probably over the next six months, we will have a three-week review. We will see where we are going.
“We need to keep that lid on – and then gradually we will be able to hopefully adjust some of the social distancing measures and gradually get us all back to normal.
“Three weeks for review, two or three months to see whether we have really squashed it but about three to six months ideally, and lots of uncertainty in that, but then to see at which point we can actually get back to normal.”
But Dr Harries also said it was “plausible” that it could further than that.
On the number of deaths from the virus, she added: “We actually anticipate our numbers will get worse over the next week, possibly two, and then we are looking to see whether we have managed to push that curve down and we start to see a decline.”
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