The UK government is today expected to extend the country’s lockdown by three more weeks, as the country’s coronavirus death toll continues to rise.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for Boris Johnson as he recovers from coronavirus, is set to make the announcement following a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee. Labour has said it will support an extension but has called for an exit strategy to be published.

This comes amid renewed warnings that it is still too soon to start easing global restrictions in the fight against the pandemic. The World Health Organisation has warned countries that are relaxing measures to do so in two-week phases, in order to avoid the emergence of a second wave. WHO has said the world now stands at a “pivotal juncture”.