The prime minister has indicated lockdown restrictions will be eased “as the science allows” after reducing the UK’s coronavirus alert level 4 to 3.
Boris Johnson, speaking after Department for Health confirmed the change had been made following a recommendation from experts, said “watch this space” when asked whether social distancing for school children could be reduced in line with the alert level.
His comments came as the rate of spread of the coronavirus infection across the UK is shrinking, according to new figures published by the Government on Friday,
For the UK as a whole, the current growth rate is minus 4% to minus 2% and the estimate of the reproduction number, referred to as R, remains at 0.7 to 0.9, although it has fallen slightly in England from 0.7-1 last week to 0.7 – 0.9.
The chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all recommended the level be reduced following a “steady decrease” in Covid-19 cases.
All nations of the UK, except England, have announced lockdown changes which follow the reduced risk levels:
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