UK’s Johnson eases lockdown as furore over aide rumbles on

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The move, which will come into place on Monday, will be a welcome boost for families and friendship groups, who until now have only been able to meet with one other person outside their household, in public spaces such as parks, while obeying social-distancing rules.

He continued: "But to control the virus everyone needs to stay alert and strictly stay 2 metres apart from those you do not live with".

"These changes will let friends and families start to meet up with loved ones", he said.

Summing up, Mr Johnson said: "If you are going to do things like this you have got to be scrupulous and careful, otherwise you risk transmitting that disease again". As Johnson noted "minimising contact with others is still the best way to prevent transmission", and warned us not to be inside other people's homes unless it is to access the garden.

For those who are shielding, the prime minister urged them to continue to do so.

The U.K.is one of the world's worst affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic, having registered 268,620 infections and 37,542 deaths, according to the USA -based Johns Hopkins University.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer backed easing the restrictions, though he raised "serious concerns" about the level of statutory sick pay to support those asked to isolate.

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The Prime Ministers official spokesman said on Wednesday, "That formal review will happen tomorrow, and we are hopeful, without prejudging it, that we will be able to proceed with the reopening of schools on June 1". But I am much more optimistic about that than I was.

"He should have acted, he was too weak to do so". The infection rate, or R number, which must remain below one to keep the virus in retreat, is now between 0.7 and 0.9, slightly down on the range of 0.7 to 1 last week.

It comes as the test and trace system has been launched today (Thursday) despite delays in rolling out the coronavirus app - being trialled on the Isle of Wight - across the country.

The total United Kingdom coronavirus death toll is now 37,837.

And from 15th June, secondary schools will begin to provide "some face-to-face contact time" for Years 10 and 12 along with other non-essential retailers, provided the shops have been made "covid-secure".

- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that people in Scotland will be able to meet one other household at a time outdoors from Friday as lockdown measures ease.

Mr Johnson faced fresh cross-party calls for Mr Cummings to go in light of the police statement.

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