We MUST get back to work if coronavirus deaths keep falling and the infection rate stays low

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WE had better pray all the conditions are met to make May 26 “back to work day”. The latest economic figures are horrific.

Orders have collapsed at 80 per cent of UK manufacturers. Our prospects worsen by the day. Restarting our economy could not be more urgent.

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An empty Oxford Street highlights the problems threatening Britain’s economy
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But the Government can hardly be shocked if many are now too nervous to hurry back.

For weeks it has rightly insisted we save lives by staying at home, emphasising we are all at risk.

And the PM himself almost died.

Turning the public’s mindset around will be daunting.

But strict social ­distancing in workplaces and the ­widespread use of masks, even if their protective effect is limited, will help provide more confidence.

And statistically your chances of dying from Covid-19 remain minuscule. Those who have recovered from it vastly ­outnumber those who have not.

The public, which backs the lockdown to a surprising degree, needs to fully grasp what’s at stake.

Too many assume that the State can afford to pay them to stay home until the coast is completely clear — and that restarting the economy is about doing corporations a favour at the expense of workers’ safety. Both are nonsense.

The lockdown is costing billions a day which we will all pay for. And a healthy economy is essential to our way of life and to fund every public service, above all the NHS we are all so proud of.

If deaths keep falling and the infection rate stays low, we MUST get back to work.

Feat accompli

WE have to hand it to Matt Hancock.

The Sun didn’t believe he’d get near 100,000 Covid tests a day. Getting to 122,347 is a fantastic feat, even if a few have not yet been completed.

Matt Hancock has overseen NHS testing capacity exceed 120,000 per day
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Hancock’s team have rapidly established a huge test capacity which, combined with falling infections, is vital to unleash the “contact tracing” strategy to eventually help control the disease.

It also allows those testing negative to safely return to work.

Congratulations, then, Health Secretary.

But so many more problems now need urgent action. Start with the PPE crisis.

Give now to The Sun’s NHS appeal

BRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.

But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?

The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers. The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.

We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.

The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM. No matter how little you can spare, please donate today here: www.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal.

Rotters’ plot

THE plot by EU states to scrap cash refunds for passengers whose flights are axed is an outrage we are right to resist.

Germany and France aim to shore up airlines by hammering the public.

EU plans would leave British consumers out of pocket, with some owed thousands

But, as our Government says: “The UK champions consumer rights.

If a customer asks for a refund, it needs to be paid.”

We will have to follow suit till the end of the year — yet another reason not to extend our Brexit transition period.

As for any economic damage from leaving with no trade deal, who’ll notice?
We’re already in a world of hurt.