Coronavirus UK live: government expected to announce three-week extension to lockdown

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab to lead meetings on Covid-19 physical distancing measures as sources say ministers have no lockdown exit plan

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The 99-year-old veteran Tom Moore – who is walking 100 laps of his garden before he turns 100 – has now raised an astonishing £12m for the NHS.

The veteran has made more than 12,000 times his initial target of £1000 for NHS Charities Together, thanks to donations from over 615,000 people online on his JustGiving page.

I want to pay a special tribute today to Captain Tom Moore. Captain Tom, you’re an inspiration to us all, and we thank you.

I think that’s absolutely enormous.At no time when we started off with this exercise did we anticipate we’d get anything near that sort of money.

It just shows that people have such high regard for matters of our National Health Service and it’s really amazing that people have paid so much money.

No words can express our gratitude to the British public for getting behind Tom, for making this into a heartfelt story. He’s a stoic Yorkshireman, he’s an unruffled straight-down-the-line kind of person and has embraced this adventure as the next stage of his life.

I believe that life is all about purpose, we all need purpose, and, whilst he’s had a life full of purpose, he did fall and break his hip and became much less independent than he had been for the preceding 98 years, and what you have done, the British public, and everyone who’s supported him, is giving him his next purpose.

7.15am BST

The UK government is expected to announce a three-week extension to the coronavirus lockdown later today.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will lead emergency Cobra committee and cabinet meetings about the continuation of social distancing measures.

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