THE Government is preparing to extend lockdown restrictions to May after admitting easing measures could result in thousands of more people dead.
Ministers will hold a Cobra meeting to review the UK's coronavirus lockdown measures on Thursday morning.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said the Government and figures from Scotland and Northern Ireland would meet to address the nationwide lockdown.
Boris Johnson ordered the country to baton down on March 23, with restrictions originally in place until Easter Monday.
But as the UK suffered it's most deadly day on Wednesday - recording 938 new deaths in just 24 hours - Mr Sunak said an end to the lockdown would be based on data and evidence provided by scientists, which will not be available until next week.
Mr Sunak said: “We committed there would be a review in and around three weeks, that review will be based on the evidence and data provided by Sage, which will only be available next week.
“But I think rather than speculate about the future, I think we should focus very seriously on the here and now and the present.”
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is preparing to spend another night in a London intensive care unit, where his condition is said to be improving and he remains "stable".
The Prime Minister is said to be breathing without the use of a ventilator and is "sitting up in bed" - but he could be out of action for as long as a month as he recovers from needing treatment in intensive care.
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