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Is the lockdown even working? The nation’s burning coronavirus questions answered


DEPUTY medical officer Dr Jenny Harries yesterday warned that Britain's coronavirus restrictions could last for six months.

From how long the lockdown will last to if we're able to beat COVID-19, we answer the questions the nation is asking.

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Is the lockdown working? In Asia, strict lockdowns have massively reduced transmission.

But expert Professor Mark Woolhouse says we need three weeks to tell if the restrictions have worked in the UK.

The peak is due in weeks and a slowdown will keep case numbers at a level that does not swamp the NHS and there will be a smaller rise in the number of deaths day to day.

What happens afterwards? If we return to normal too soon cases could rocket again.

All eyes are on China as it cautiously starts to fire up its locked-down industries.

Can we beat the virus? As yet there is no treatment and a vaccine could be 12 to 18 months away.

No lockdown can last that long so mass testing is seen as the way forward.

Those found to be immune can then live normally and once that covers two thirds of us, the rest will benefit from herd immunity.

Britain is testing 7,000 people a day and aiming for 10,000.

Virus checks on people arriving from abroad will have to continue for some time.


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UK coronavirus restrictions could last six months, warns deputy chief medical officer

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