Coronavirus LIVE updates: Ministers to hold emergency lockdown Cobra meeting as UK deaths hit 7,097

THE Government is preparing to extend lockdown restrictions until May after admitting easing measures could result in thousands more deaths.

Foreign Secretary and de facto Prime Minister Dominic Raab will chair an emergency Cobra this morning to review the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures.

Boris Johnson ordered the country to baton down on March 23, with restrictions originally in place until Easter Monday.

But as the UK suffered it’s most deadly day yesterday  – recording 938 new deaths in just 24 hours – Mr Sunak said an end to the lockdown would be based on data and evidence provided by scientists, which will not be available until next week.

At the Cobra meeting this morning, ministers are expected to agree it is too early to life the lockdown restrictions.

UK schools will not reopen after the Easter holidays with government insiders saying it was too early to even speculate about when that date might be.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson spent another night in London’s St Thomas’ hospital, where his condition is said to be improving and he remains “stable”.

The Prime Minister is said to be breathing without the use of a ventilator and is “sitting up in bed” – but he could be out of action for as long as a month as he recovers from needing treatment in intensive care.

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