The British government will issue a statement on Thursday against measures against the coronavirus. Then it is expected to be announced that the lockdown announced last month would be extended.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered his countrymen on March 23 to stay at home to prevent further spread of the virus.
He also said at the time that those measures would be evaluated after three weeks.
British media reports that the lockdown is expected to remain in force until at least May 7. “You can expect a statement from us tomorrow,” a government spokesman said Wednesday.
The conservative government is under fire for declaring a lockdown relatively late. Other major European countries were faster and in some cases have already decided to extend the measures.
The lockdown lasts until May 3 in Italy, until May 11 in France and until April 26 in Spain.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with federal state leaders on Wednesday about the duration of the restrictions.