UK lockdown extended until 'at least the 7th May'.

On Thursday 16th April the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, confirmed the extension of the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown measures for a further three weeks.

The lockdown will now continue until at least 7 May.

This decision does put fresh pressure on the public, the vulnerable, business and the economy. But it is the right decision. The coronavirus pandemic remains virulent.

On Thursday 16th April it was confirmed that there were 4,618 new positive tests for the virus and in the ongoing tragedy 861 more people had died in hospital in the UK. These figures are worse than the day before. The trend of new cases and deaths is abating compared with a week ago, which is cause for some, cautious, relief. But these numbers are still high. The fight against the pandemic, as Mr Raab said, is at a “delicate and dangerous” stage.

This is not the time to start easing the control measures in ways that could endanger lives and threaten to overwhelm the health and care services.

We are not stuck at home, we are safe at home.

It is hard and difficult and annoying but we have to stick with this.

Even though it is hard what is wonderful is that we are all doing the right thing.

Keep it up – you are all amazing.

Stay Home, Save Lives.