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The government does not to make to coronavirus lockdown restrictions this , Dominic has said.

The foreign secretary said the UK’s plan “is working” but that “we are still not passed the peak of this virus”.

“Keep this up, we have come too far, lost too many loved ones and sacrificed too much to ease up,” he said.

It came as deaths in UK hospitals rose to 11,329 – up by 717 since Sunday.

Mr – who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from his coronavirus infection – said a meeting of scientific advisers would take place to review evidence relating to the current lockdown restrictions this .

“We don’t to make any to the measures currently in place at that point and we won’t until we’re confident, as confident as we realistically can be, that any such can be safely made,” he said.

He told the daily Downing Street news conference that easing restrictions too early would “risk a second wave” of infections.

And responding to claims the government lacks an exit strategy, Mr said it was “crucially important that we do not take our eye off the ball or the public’s focus” on social distancing measures.

The Department of Health said a further 4,342 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 09:00 BST on Monday.

The UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told the news conference the government might change its guidance on the wearing of face masks by the general public if the evidence showed it was the right thing to do.

Asked by the BBC’s David Shukman whether the government could change its advice on wearing masks outdoors as more countries introduce recommendations for their citizens to do so, Sir Patrick said an ongoing review was considering evidence on the impact of such a move.

He said the government had already seen “more persuasive” data suggesting masks can stop a person passing the virus to someone else, rather than preventing them from catching it.

The UK’s advice might change in the future, he added.

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