Prime Minister Boris Johnson is extremely cautious about removing the UK lockdown.
He met Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary who has been replacing the prime minister as he recovers from coronavirus, at Chequers on Friday. And the overarching message emerging from that was to avoid a second peak of the virus by easing the lockdown too early.
All the language now appears at the cautious end of the spectrum, talking not of easing but of modifications to the lockdown and referencing Boris Johnson’s initial assertion that it would take three months to turn the tide.
That would push us towards June. The fear is not just the obvious health risk but also the fear of damage to the economy and that it would be that much greater if you had to reimpose the lockdown.
Blood plasma treatment to be trialled in UK
The UK is gearing up to use the blood of coronavirus survivors to treat hospital patients ill with the disease.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) wants people who recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood so they can potentially assess the therapy in trials.
It is hoped that the antibodies they have built up will help to clear the virus in others.
A major project to study the treatment, involving more than 1,500 hospitals, has already begun in the US.