PUBS will reopen LAST in a gradual exit from the coronavirus lockout, it was said today.
The British will remain stranded for another three weeks to slow the spread of the deadly virus – the British government is said to have announced in two weeks how the country would exit drastic measures.
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But a government source told the Daily Mail that one of the plans was to lift the lock in stages.
According to the possible plans, the outdoor spaces would be opened first, the pubs last.
The “best case scenario” could see relaxed restrictions on non-essential stores from early to mid-May.
The guidelines could be relaxed again by June and July – allowing pubs and restaurants to reopen by the end of the summer.
There has been mounting pressure on the government to present its plan, with economic paralysis wreaking havoc on jobs and businesses.
About one million unemployed Britons have attempted to apply for universal credit since the site closed last month.
Two in three construction companies are expected to close by June, unless the government steps in to help, as companies plead for clarity amid confusion over the end of the foreclosure.
Dominic Raab confirmed this weekend that Britain would remain stuck for three more weeks until it passed five key tests.
- The NHS must always be able to cope – with the certainty that intensive care and special treatment can continue across the UK.
- A sustained and constant drop in daily mortality rates, experts are therefore convinced that the peak has passed
- Infection rate falling to “manageable levels”
- Make sure Britain has enough testing capacity and PPE to relax the measures
- Ensure that changes do not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS
But he did not describe the exit strategy – sparking criticism that the ministers “treated the public like children.”
Still, some ministers retaliated – secretary of business, Alok Sharma, reported concerns last night that presenting the options to the public could “cloud the waters”.
The death toll in the UK yesterday reached more than 14,000 people, with more than 108,000 infections in the country.
Last week, the British were warned that restrictions on coronaviruses could remain in place in one form or another until a vaccine is developed – which could take around 18 months.
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More stringent restrictions will be phased out, but some, such as remote working and isolation if you have symptoms of the virus, will remain in one form or another for the next year.
Scientists say finding a vaccine is the only real “exit strategy” from the virus, which means the country will have to adjust to a “new normal”.
Stressing that Britain was at “a delicate and dangerous stage” in this pandemic, Mr. Raab told press conference No10 Thursday: “We have to be patient a little bit more. If we rush to relax the measures in place, we risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress we have made.
“We have just gone too far, we have lost too many loved ones, we have already sacrificed a lot to relax now. “
He added, “It was an incredible effort by the national team. Now is not the time to give the coronavirus a second chance.
“Let’s stay together, let’s see it through. “
Despite further easing from other European countries, Raab refused to set a timetable for ending the foreclosure, calling it “irresponsible”.
But he offered a grim glimpse of the government into thinking it could last until June.
He said that Boris Johnson’s scenario of March 19 “three months to peak is broadly still the pattern.”
Biotech giant “is developing a working antibody test and it will be available by May”
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New labor leader Keir Starmer has accused Foreign Minister Dominic Raab of being “reluctant” to stamp out any exit plans while Boris Johnson is recovering from the virus at Checkers.
Speaking last night on the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast podcast, Sir Keir said, “I think throughout this process, they struggled to make decisions fairly quickly.
“It looks like they have been in a position probably for a week or 10 days now where it has been difficult for the government to make big decisions. “
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