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Lincolnshire health bosses warn end of lockdown still 'weeks away'

Lincolnshire’s public health bosses have warned that lockdown restrictions are still 'weeks away' from being relaxed.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said people need to be prepared for for long term restriction measures.

It comes as the UK endures its second week of lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to review the measures over Easter.

But, Mr McGinty said the country should expect to see the restrictions go on for longer.

“Looking at the virus in other countries, we are weeks away from slacking off restrictions,” he said. “After that, we are going to have to ask people to relieve themselves of restrictions gradually.”

Mr McGinty added that he hoped that in weeks to come people will be able to see the benefits of lockdown in the virus case figures.

He said people should “take a pause” and think about their stamina and how they can get through the lockdown period.

Meanwhile, the government been urged by some scientists to reconsider recommending the general use of face masks in the fight against coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation is currently assessing research on whether Covid-19 can be projected further through sneezes and coughs, which could lead to a change in advice on masks.

Britain still opposes the widespread use of masks and currently recommends social distancing to tackle Covid-19.

Mr McGinty said he would wait on the WHO findings, but added he had “anxieties” about how to communicate the advice.

“We already have communicated messages on the virus out there for people,” he said. “I am watching with great interest about what the World Health Organisation say.”

But, he added that he was concerned about overloading the public with information, particularly on how to dispose of masks properly.

“If the mask has caught virus particles and you have to take if off and manage what you do to it, it does add another layer of complexity,” said Mr McGinty.

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