BRITAIN's coronavirus lockdown is likely to last until at least May.
Wales today confirmed it is extending its lockdown, with England and Scotland set to follow suit in the coming days.
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It shuts down claims that schools may reopen after Easter – as a minister suggested restarting lessons would help to “kick-start the economy”.
The government confirmed schools would remain shut as long as the current lockdown measures are in place. It is thought they will be shut until the summer break.
Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care battling the killer virus, plunged the UK into full lockdown on March 23.
At the time, he said the decision would be "reviewed" in three weeks – on Easter Monday.
But the number of deaths across the UK has been steadily rising, with Sadiq Khan today warning the peak is still "around 10 days away".
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tonight said no decision had yet been made but confirmed a COBRA meeting to discuss the measures would take place tomorrow.
It is likely an announcement will be made in the coming days.
The Government is unlikely to lift the lockdown while deaths are so high and with the NHS still under significant pressure.
Earlier today No10 insisted there would be a review of the three-week lockdown – but did not say when.
The PM's spokesperson said: "We said we would set out an announcement in three weeks, there is no change to that."
They stressed that the country's focus needs to be on stopping transmission and building up capacity in the NHS.
"While this is difficult, they need to stick with it," they said.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he thought the lockdown would likely be extended for another month.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and his deputy, Jenny Harries, have repeatedly said it depends on the success of the lockdown measures so far.
Today, the UK coronavirus death toll hit a new high after 938 deaths were recorded – the overall total now surpassing 7,000.
The jump is higher than Italy’s worst day when 919 people died.
Due to a lag in recording death figures, only later this week will scientists know the true results of how the rules are affecting coronavirus cases and deaths.