BREAKING NEWS: England’s Month-Long Lockdown Could be Extended

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England’s month-long lockdown could be extended beyond December, warned Michael Gove.

England’s month-long lockdown could be extended beyond 2 December if necessary, cabinet minister Michael Gove said. Speaking on Sky News this Sunday, the Tory frontbencher also defended the introduction of the nationwide restrictions, having previously rejected it, arguing the “situation has been worse than anyone expected”.

Michael Gove admitted that the second lockdown will only be “reviewed” on its scheduled end date of 2 December and could be extended. The prime minister, when announcing the restrictions, to start on Thursday, insisted it was time-limited, unlike the first shutdown in March. however, when asked if it could be extended, Mr Gove replied: “Yes, we are going to review it on 2 December – we are always driven by the data.”

Mark Walport, a member of the Sage advisory group of scientists, warned the lockdown could be longer than the first, saying: “It’s obviously a possibility, yes.” The Minister also warned that the NHS would be overwhelmed unless action was quickly taken. From Thursday until 2 December, people in England will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as education, work or food shopping and all non-essential travel has been banned- causing more chaos for the airline industry and holidaymakers.


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