The United Kingdom has extended its nationwide lockdown for another three weeks, as stand-in leader Dominic Raab ordered Britons to stay at home to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed over 138,000 lives globally. The measures were announced on March 23 for an initial three-week period.
“Relaxing any of the measures currently in place would risk damage to both public health and the economy,” he told newsmen.
The UK has the fifth-highest official death toll from COVID-19 in the world, after the U.S., Italy, Spain and France, though British figures only cover hospital fatalities and the real number is probably much higher.
Citizens are allowed to exercise in public once a day, and can travel to work if they are unable to work from home.