UK PM Boris Johnson to plan the easing of lockdown restrictions next week

Until the Prime Minister reveals how social distancing measures can be relaxed, Gove stated that the UK "must carry on"

Michael Gove, UK's Minister for the Cabinet Office, said on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will work on plans to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the country next week.

"His comprehensive plan will explain how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, how we can travel to work more safely, and how we can make life in the workplace safer," the Minister while talking to the media.

UK 'must carry on'

Addressing the media on Sunday, Gove stated that the UK "must carry on" until the Prime Minister reveals how social distancing measures, which were first imposed on March 23, will be relaxed, reports the Metro newspaper.

 British counterpart Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson IANS

Gove said that the restrictions can only start being relaxed when the government's "five tests" are met. The five tests include the number of cases falling, a declining death rate, the NHS being prepared and measures in place to stop a second peak of the virus.

"We are consulting with employers and unions, professionals, and public health experts to establish how we can ensure that we have the safest possible working environments and the Prime Minister will be saying more later this week," Gove said.

Impact on people's life acknowledged

He also acknowledged that the continuation of lockdown is impacting people's "mental and emotional well-being" as well as economic activity, said the Metro newspaper report.

Responding to a question, the Minister warned that relaxing the restrictions prematurely would be the "worst thing to do", as it could risk a second spike in the disease which has so far infected 187,842 people in the country and killed 28,520 others.

Lockdown restrictions were first put in place on March 23, and extended for at least three weeks on April 16. The government has remained tight-lipped about how long the measures will likely last.

(With inputs from agencies)

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