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UKs Johnson Lays out Road Map for Easing Virus Lockdown

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LONDON—British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a modest easing of the countrys CCP virus lockdown on May 10 and laid out the outlines of a “road map” of how further restrictions can be lifted in the coming months.

In a televised address to the nation, Johnson said that while people with jobs that cannot be done from home are being encouraged to return to work, “this is not the time, simply, to end the lockdown this week.” He said it would be “madness” to loosen restrictions so much that a second spike in cases emerges.

“We must continue to control the virus and save lives,” the prime minister said from an office at 10 Downing Street. “And yet we must also recognize that this campaign against the virus has come at colossal cost to our way of life.”

The government-ordered lockdown, which began March 23, has reduced the transmission of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, but the daily death toll remains uncomfortably high. The U.K. recorded nearly 32,000 deaths as of Sunday, the most in Europe.

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This image issued by Downing Street on Sunday, May 10, 2020, shows Britains Prime Minister Boris Johnsons new “stay alert” slogan to tackle coronavirus. The British government has replaced its “stay at home” coronavirus slogan with a new “stay alert” message that met criticism ahead of a speech by the Prime Minister laying out stages for lifting the countrys lockdown. (Downing Street via AP)

Johnson, who returned to work only two weeks ago following his hospitalization for COVID-19, said the government would proceed cautiously in the weeks and months ahead but said he was able to announce a few changes to the terms of the lockdown.

He said people who can work from home should continue to do so but the ones who cant, such as those in construction or manufacturing jobs, “should be actively encouraged to go to work” starting this week. However, they should not commute by public transportation and should adhere to social distancing guidelines at work, Johnson said.

Starting Wednesday, the government will allow people to take “unlimited amounts” of exercise outdoors instead of being limited to once a day, Johnson said. Members of the public also will be able to sunbathe, drive to other destinations, and play sports, but only with members of the same household.

Johnson stressed that everyone must carry on maintaining the recommended social distance away from home and said fines for violations would be increased.

He also laid out a “conditional plan” for relaxing other lockdown restrictions in the coming months,such as reopening stores and shops and the possible retuRead More – Source