In his update to MPs in the Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the UK has reached the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
Hancock said social distancing was working, echoing England’s chief medical officer Professor Chis Whitty’s assessment a few days earlier that the country was “probably reaching the peak overall”.
However, the government will not be premature in lifting lockdown measures, which seem to be working. As explained in yesterday’s briefing from the government, certain measures must be met before this happened, including a consistent fall in the daily death rate.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has also expressed her increasing optimism that Scotland had passed the peak in cases of Covid-19, following encouraging data that demonstrated a continuing decline in hospital admissions and intensive care cases. However, like Hancock, she too has warned that it would be too early to start relaxing the strict lockdown and social distancing measures. She said: “The progress is definitely there but it’s fragile at this stage, so any easing up that will very quickly send all of that into reverse.”