The government is under pressure from police to tighten the lockdown as the Easter Bank Holiday approaches, it has been reported.
But many details of the decision remain unclear, not least because Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital being treated for coronavirus.
The social distancing measures in place are due to be formally reviewed every three weeks.
But the government seems likely to extend the restrictions, and may even bow to pressure from senior figures in the police and tighten them, the Guardian reports.
In Liverpool, the seriousness of the pandemic was brought home once again after NHS worker Barbara Moor died aged 54.
More than 100 people have now died in the city from COVID-19, while in the UK as a whole the number dead rose beyond the 7,000 mark.
The government has also made it clear that schools are unlikely to open any time soon.
'Beautiful' NHS worker 'deserved better'
Tributes have been paid to Barbara Moor, a patient discharge planner at Aintree Hospital, who died after testing positive for coronavirus.
One former patient described the NHS worker as an “absolute diamond” who “did not deserve to lose her life in this way”.
You can read the full tributes piece here.
Lockdown expected to be extended
The lockdown is expected to be extended beyond next week, reports the Guardian, while police urge even tighter restrictions.
A suggestion that schools could reopen was firmly quashed by the government on Wednesday night.
Boris Johnson 'sitting up' in bed
Boris Johnson is “improving” and “sitting up in bed”, according to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak. However the health of the Prime Minister will continue to be a story of national interest - not least because it is unclear who should take decisions for him in his absence.