The Health Secertary said the maximum review period will change from every three weeks to every four weeks in a written ministerial statement on Tuesday. He said: "To ensure that we are making future decisions about the lockdown at the right time, the maximum review period will change from 21 days to 28 days.
“This will allow decisions to align more closely with the period of time necessary to assess the impact of previous changes on key data feeds, including the R (infection) rate.
"The Government will also keep all the measures under continual review and will account to Parliament on an ongoing basis."
There have been 277,985 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 39,369 people have died, according to the latest figures.
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