The MINISTERS plan to end the coronavirus lockdown by June – with certain workers, areas or “immune” workers released at different times.
A team is believed to be developing a list of options to remove the restrictions once the number of hospital admissions begins to decline.
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Officials have been asked to develop options for a phased release so that Britain can get closer to normalcy.
It comes after Treasury officials warned that if the foreclosure goes beyond June, the government could not prevent normally successful businesses from sinking.
The restrictions are set to be officially reviewed next week, but with cases still on the rise, it’s unlikely anything will change soon.
Speaking this morning, Secretary of Housing and Communities, Robert Jenrick, suggested that the lockdown could be gradually eased “in the weeks to come.”
Jenrick explained that it depended on maintaining the current “excess capacity” in intensive care units “across the country”.
He said: “If we can do it, in the coming weeks we will be able to start lifting some of these measures very carefully.
“But a sustainable exit strategy will also need to be accompanied by far more extensive testing and traceability than what we are able to do today.
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A key government adviser said yesterday that he could not end the lockdown until he found a safe way to do so.
Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said: “I am very aware that people are suffering in this country right now – we all want it to end as soon as possible.
“But that is useless unless we find a strategy that allows us to get out and keep transmission low. “
This comes when former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that mass testing was the only way to return to normal.
He said, “Unless you can get mass, large-scale tests quickly, I don’t see how you can get out of this lockdown.”
It is terrifying the economic damage we cause every week in this lockout. “
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