Boris Johnson, on his first day back at work after his own battle with Covid-19, announced that he will unveil first steps this week to ease restrictions on defeating the virus.
The Mirror understands that one option on the table is to allow people to widen their “social bubbles” so that they can see friends and family.
But the Prime Minister warned that the UK was still “at maximum risk” of the disease and that it was not the right time to end the total lockdown – which could lead to a dangerous second peak and thousands of deaths.
Downing Street also warned that in some areas there may be tougher restrictions – including a 14-day quarantine on new arrivals at UK ports and airports.
This happened when Rishi Sunak revealed that the foreclosure had dire consequences for businesses, with a quarter of all businesses having gone out of business.
The Chancellor has announced a new “microcredit program” to help small businesses in difficulty.
As the death rate rose Monday by 360 to 21,092, Johnson promised to give more details “in the coming days” on how to lift the restrictions.
One possibility is that two separate households, or couples who do not live together, can spend time together.
But grandparents who live in a city different from their grandchildren would still have to wait until the restrictions were relaxed to be able to see them.
Ministers are expected to discuss plans to keep non-core businesses free from coronavirus so that they can reopen in the coming weeks.
Johnson acknowledged that there were signs that the UK was “crossing the peak” of the epidemic and was nearing the end of the first phase.
On Monday was the first time that the number of hospital deaths has been less than 400 since last month.
But the Prime Minister said, “Difficult judgments will be made and we cannot say now how quickly or how quickly or even when these changes will be made. “
And chief medical officer Chris Whitty admitted that the government was facing “very difficult choices” to keep the transmission rate low.
Downing Street said any change to the foreclosure would involve “refining” it rather than lifting it completely.
A spokesperson said, “There may be some flexibility in some areas. There could also be a tightening in other areas. “
The ministers plan to recommend wearing face masks on public transportation, in stores and in certain workplaces. Certain football matches and other sports matches could resume but would be played behind closed doors and televised.
The Treasury is also examining how small non-essential businesses such as garden centers could resume operations.
The opening of schools is not expected to be discussed publicly until the next review on May 7, although there is some optimism among officials who may reopen in June.
The commercial loan announced by Mr. Sunak will be between a minimum of £ 2,000 and £ 50,000 and the companies must have been operational before the beginning of March to be eligible.
Former Minister Theresa Villiers urged him “to publish a roadmap to break the lockdown so that businesses can start preparing for a gradual change and a safe exit from emergency measures.”
Global stock markets held a £ 400 billion rally yesterday as other countries began to relax the restrictions.
But the FTSE 100 index has risen by £ 550 billion, although our own lockout has not yet been lifted.
The government is stepping up its “test and trace” strategy, with Matt Hancock saying the UK is “on track” to deliver on its promise of 100,000 a day by the end of the week. But they only passed 29,058 tests yesterday.
The health secretary also warned that too many people in need of health care were not going to the hospital for diseases other than the coronavirus.
The number of patients attending A&E fell to 221,000 last week from 477,000 last year.
But Mr. Hancock said, “Our message is that it is open to the NHS. Help us to
Help you. “