Coronavirus UK LIVE: Lockdown extended by 3 weeks as PM urges Brits to harness ‘VE day spirit’ in fight against Covid-19

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THE Prime Minister has urged Brits to harness the “VE Day spirit” in the fight against coronavirus.

As the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe rolls around today, Boris Johnson urged the country to use it as inspiration to overcome the epidemic.

Speaking this morning, the PM thanked Britain’s heroes and promised “our gratitude will be eternal”.

He said: “People of every age, race and background came together in one supreme effort and they paid a grievous price with over 450,000 British people laying down their lives.

“And yet they triumphed over every ordeal and hardship and because of their victory hundreds of millions of people live in peace and freedom today.”

“We are now engaged in a new struggle against the coronavirus which demands the same spirit of national endeavour.

“And that means we can’t hold the parades and street celebrations we enjoyed in the past.”

It comes a day after lockdown was extended by three weeks, but Ministers promised changes to the measures which will be announced over the weekend, with some coming into effect Monday.

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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