What date did lockdown start in the UK and when could it end?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the one who declared the lockdown (Picture: EPA)

 

Even though restrictions are slowly being eased, the coronavirus lockdown has been in place for quite some time.

Indeed, when the lockdown was first announced, the initial amount of time it was ordered for was three weeks.

Now, months later, with lockdown measures changing on a regular basis a view to getting the UK back – or at least as close as possible – to normal, here’s a reminder of how long lockdown has been going on so far…

The lockdown was first ordered by Mr Johnson on 23 March.

That means that, even though measures have been rolling back, the lockdown has been going on for over three months.

There has been no guarantee of when the lockdown will come to a complete end in all or indeed any of the nations in the UK.

The changes to the lockdown measures are now happening at different rates depending on the country you are in, with local governments deciding if and when rollbacks will be happening based on the latest scientific advice.

When the PM announced the latest batch of lockdown scale-backs in England on Tuesday, he told MPs: ‘Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end and life is returning to our streets and to our shops, the bustle is starting to come back and a new but cautious optimism is palpable.’

He also warned: ‘I must say to the House it will be all too easy for that frost to return, and that is why we will continue to trust in the common sense and the community spirit of the British people to follow this guidance, to carry us through and to see us to victory over this virus.’

Worries of a second peak in cases persist as, in an open letter to the BMJ, a number of health leaders called on UK politicians to conduct a ‘rapid and forward-looking assessment’ to assess how prepared the nation is for a potential second round of infections.

The letter read: ‘The job now is not only to deal urgently with the wide-ranging impacts of the first phase of the pandemic, but to ensure that the country is adequately prepared to contain a second phase.’

They added: ‘While the future shape of the pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk. Many elements of the infrastructure needed to contain the virus are beginning to be put in place, but substantial challenges remain.

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