A COVID-19 lockdown was imposed on the United Kingdom in March in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and relieve the overwhelmed National Health Service, with government minister Michael Gove on Sunday dismissing reports the country was looking to lift restrictions.
Government ministers are reportedly split over Britain’s lockdown exit strategy and timeline, writes Financial Times.
While some advocate reopening the economy to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic, others insist the respiratory virus needs to be firmly stamped out first.
Cabinet office minister Michael Gove and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are suggested as leading the team calling for ending procrastination and easing restrictions sooner, with cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill more inclined to side with them.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, supported by the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings, is claimed to be advocating crushing the respiratory virus first.