Britain’s new coronavirus rules explained – BBC Newsnight

With an overwhelming amount of data about the spread and severity of coronavirus going round, how should Britons, asked to use their ‘common sense’, behave? Subscribe to our channel here:

This week, the government laid out plans for the easing of lockdown restrictions, and the gradual return to work for much of the UK.

But just as the nation is asked to use ‘common sense’ about whether to go back to work, the ‘R-number’, the crucial measurement of how quickly the coronavirus is spreading through the population, has increased to between 0.7 and 1.0.

While the government says people can now travel, many of Britain’s key tourist locations have asked prospective visitors not to turn up.

How do we make sense of this confusing mix of advice? And can we learn anything from the abundance of data?

Business Editor Helen Thomas reports.

Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.


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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

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