“This trial does not mean the end of social distancing on the Isle of Wight, or anywhere else for that matter.”
The announcement came at the beginning of a key week for the British government in which it may set out how it will begin to ease restrictions that have brought large parts of the economy to a standstill. Businesses are set to be told to stagger shifts and enforce social-distancing measures if they want to re-open, according to people familiar with the plans.
Hancock said a further 288 people had died from coronavirus in the UK, down from 315 the day before.
The daily tally has usually been lower following a weekend, but Monday’s figures – which include deaths in care homes as well as hospitals – are also lower than the week-earlier figure.
3985 more people tested positive for the virus, compared to 4,339 the day before. On Sunday, 85,186 tests were provided, more than the 76,496 offered the day before.
“New cases have to come down further,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said at the briefing. “We have to get cases lower.”