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Dominic Raab has warned against relaxing the UK lockdown, saying the number of Covid-19 infections in Germany grew when restrictions were eased.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference the Foreign Secretary said it is “vital” the Government proceeds carefully and it must not “gamble away” the progress it has already made.

He referenced Germany and said the next step in the fight against coronavirus needed to be a “sure-footed one”.

The news comes with the lockdown in the UK expected to be reviewed after restrictions were rolled out on March 23.

He said: “Having relaxed restrictions in Germany over the last week, they have seen a rise in the transmission rate of coronavirus.

“This is a very real risk and it is vital we proceed carefully, guided by the scientific advice, so that our next step through this crisis is a sure-footed one.

“We mustn’t gamble away the sacrifices and the progress that we have made – we must continue to follow the scientific evidence and we must continue to take the right decisions at the right moment in time.”

His comments were made after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said schools reopen in the summer and pupils will go back in a “phased manner”.

Speaking to MPs at the Education Select Committee, Mr Williamson said the Government does not have a fixed date in mind but children will not all go back on the same day.

Echoing these words, Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam​, told the daily press conference that the Government would have to be “very careful indeed” about relaxing social distancing measures for schools...Read More..

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