BORIS Johnson could ease parts of the coronavirus lockdown every two weeks over several months before it’s fully lifted.
The PM will meet with his cabinet this Sunday before revealing his “road map” for the UK in a televised address.
Mr Johnson hopes to bring in small changes such as relaxing limits on exercise and picnics before analysing what impact it has – this comes as the UK death toll today reached 30,947 today after 332 more people died in hospitals across England.
One Government source said: “It means we could lift restrictions once a fortnight rather than reviewing the lockdown every three weeks, as is currently the case.”
While another added: “You take a baby step, monitor the R rate really closely, satisfy yourself it’s not leading to an increase in R, take another baby step and so on.”
Dominic Raab said there is “no change” yet as the virus is still “deadly and infectious”, but some minor tweaks are expected in the coming days.
Mr Raab told the public at yesterday afternoon’s press conference:”I’ve said it very clearly – there is no change in the rules today.
“What the PM will do is set out a roadmap with milestones, that can look to the future.
“The virus is not beaten yet – it remains deadly and infectious.
“We are working hard to bring it down in areas of concern.
“I am confident we can and we will do it.”
He refused to “jump the gun” and reveal what changes could come in the next few days.
It’s thought the tweaks, although minor, will see easing up on exercise restrictions for antsy Brits itching to enjoy the warmer weather after almost seven weeks stuck inside.
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