Mr Gove said the public had shown “amazing stoicism and understanding” about changes imposed to deal with the killer disease. Speaking in Downing Street, he said the country was facing a “new normal” that would mean staggered use of public transport and other measures as the government takes a cautious approach to change the rules.
“Ultimately, unless and until we have a new vaccine, I suspect we are going to have to live with some degree of constraint because of the nature of the virus.”
Official figures yesterday showed 28,446 people with coronavirus have now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community, up by 315 on the day before.
Around 76,500 tests had been produced in the latest daily round.
Changes will be made to lockdown in stages to allow the experts to monitor the impact carefully of lifting measures.
Mr Gove said: “A phased approach is one which allows us to monitor the impact that those changes are having on public health and if necessary, in a specific and localised way, that means we can pause or even reintroduce those restrictions that might be required in order to deal with localised outbreaks of the disease.”
Published at Mon, 04 May 2020 05:58:00 +0000