However, the government’s strategy has now turned to local lockdowns, targeting areas that have suffered from epidemics. On June 30, Leicester became the first UK city to be moved back into lockdown. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that schools and nurseries would reopen from July 24.
Meanwhile, authorities have introduced new measures in Blackburn and Oldham. On July 30, Boris Johnson ordered parts of northern England to partially retreat, barring residents of Greater Manchester, Bradford and Blackburn from holding indoor meetings with different households.
More than 16.2 million tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in the UK and the government’s plan to tackle the pandemic involves a number of progressive phases, but experts warn that a second wave could be looming in the horizon.
Despite this, on Friday, July 17, Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his roadmap to end the lockdown, with the remaining recreation facilities to reopen and all beauty treatments to resume from August 1. Mr Johnson also announced that official guidelines advise people to “work from home”. if you can ‘will be relaxed in order to restart the economy.
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