Brits warned coronavirus lockdown won't be lifted if they flout rules

BRITS were tonight warned that the coronavirus lockdown won't be lifted if they flout rules.

Grant Shapps said the answer of when the measures will be altered is "in your own hands".

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The Transport Secretary, speaking at tonight's government press conference, praised the nation for adhering to social distancing rules.

But he said the peak "isn't over" and urged people to continue to stay at home.

He said: "The country has done incredibly well in adhering to social distancing and there is a danger as we go into yet another warm sunny weekend that people think that perhaps these graphs are showing that the peak is over.

"It isn't over, we're riding perhaps, we hope, a downward trend but it is by no means, no means established yet.

My answer in some ways is that some of this lies in your own hands.

"When people ask me when will the measures, the social distancing, the stay at home measures, be altered, my answer in some ways is that some of this lies in your own hands."

He also said drones are set to deliver crucial Personal Protective Equipment and medical supplies in a new Government trial.

Mr Shapps announced the scheme would begin testing next week with crucial items being delivered to the Isle of Wight.

He claimed the scheme was originally designed for the years ahead.

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He said: "I've also given the green light to trials of drones to deliver medical supplies.

"Earlier this year, we awarded £28 million pounds to Southampton and Portsmouth to deliver a future transport zone.

"As part of that imitative, £8 million was earmarked for testing drones and how they might be used to deliver goods in the years and decades ahead.

"Of course, now we have an urgent need so we're making use of that testing program as part of our response to Covid-19.

"I fast tracked that testing to begin next week to carry medical supplies to St Mary's Hospital near Newport on the Isle of Wight."

The scheme was one of several new measures announced which aim to see the transport industry boost its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Shapps added: "The continued operation of both passenger and freight transport is critically important to our resilience as a country."

He also confirmed that a total of 19,506 patients had died in hospital from the virus.


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