Coronavirus UK LIVE updates: McDonald’s drive-thru may reopen despite lockdown extension as death toll his 31,241

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McDonald’s drive-thru restaurants could reopen despite an extension of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures.

During today’s Downing Street update, Environment Secretary George Eustice suggested the chain’s takeaways could operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 31,241 today after 626 more people died in hospitals, care homes and non-hospitals.

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.”

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