UK Coronavirus lockdown extended - now we need an exit plan

When will the UK come out of coronavirus lockdown? The government has extended restrictions for a further three weeks, but given no hint of an exit plan. Demands for Downing Street to reveal a strategy have grown stronger after Germany became the latest country to detail how it will lift self-isolation rules starting from next week. The Evening Standard’s political editor Joe Murphy says Boris Johnson’s continued absence could be one of the reasons why the UK is delaying.

New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has said from Friday the public will be ordered to wear face masks in public - and he's willing to impose civil penalties for anyone breaking the rules. However, messaging from the scientific community on the efficacy of face masks appears divided. The Leader podcast speaks to Dr Babak Javid from Cambridge and Tsinghua Universities - should the UK follow New York and enforce the wearing of face masks?


See for privacy and opt-out information.