Boris Johnson wants UK back to ‘near-normality’ by July in ‘fast-track’ lockdown exit

The Prime Minister has reportedly suggested he wants the UK to return to “near-normality” by the end of July.

Speaking to the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs yesterday, Boris Johnson is understood to have said he wants a fast-track relaxation of lockdown restrictions, The Sun reports.

However, the PM also insisted on the call that he will only take “grandmother steps”.

He is understood to have said that measures will be re-instated if coronavirus infections surge again.

Under a roadmap revealed last Sunday, Brits are now encouraged to return to work if it is not possible to do their job from home, and to take unlimited exercise outside.

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The PM has told MPs he wants a fast-track return to normality

In June, it is hoped that there can be a phased re-opening of non-essential shops and that pupils in Years 1 and 6 can return to school.

The PM has also reportedly told the influential committee that full sittings in the House Commons will start again on June 2.

One MP who was on the call said: “Boris told us he is determined that the country should be as close to normality again before the end of July.”

Another told the Sun: “There is a lot of support out there for what we are doing.

“If that continues there’s every chance he will meet his ambition of lifting restrictions still further in July.”



Brits are being encouraged to return to work


The PM spoke to backbench Tory MPs yesterday

Mr Johnson is believed to be planning a speech in which he will announce plans for major infrastructure projects, such as Northern Powerhouse rail.

It comes after concerns have been raised over plans to send children in England back to school next month.

Teaching unions have warned that the Government evidence that reopening schools was safe is “flimsy at best”, while the British Medical Association said ministers should not consider reopening schools until coronavirus case numbers were “much lower”.

The World Health Organisation has also urged the UK not to lift lockdown without contact-tracing in place, leaving the plans on the brink of collapse.

Parents in Liverpool today received a letter warning they should not expect schools to reopen on June 1.

The UK’s death toll from coronavirus is now 34,466 after 468 more fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

However, the true figure is likely to be more than 41,500 – the highest in Europe and second highest in the world behind only the US.

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Coronavirus outbreak

The Department of Health announced its latest figures on Saturday afternoon, saying 34,466 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday, up by 468 from 33,998 the day before.

The number of confirmed cases has increased by 3,451 to 240,161 as of 9am on Saturday.

Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, says that while Brits should still practice social distancing, the daily total is continuing to slow.

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