UK to announce partial easing of lockdown
The British Prime Minister Borish Johnson will slightly ease the lockdown next week that was imposed on the 23rd March in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. The changes will be very small, designed to prevent a second peak that could overwhelm the NHS or inflict further damage on an already battered economy.
The new steps will be announced on Sunday following a ministerial review of the existing restrictions which have confined millions to their houses and taken a heavy toll on the economy.
“Any easement to the guidelines next week will be very limited,” his spokesman told reporters.
“We are at a critical moment in the fight against the virus and we will not do anything which risks throwing away the efforts and sacrifices of the British public.”
Concerns have been voiced that an uncontrolled abandonment of lockdown measures will result in a second peak of infections leading to the reimposition of restrictions and further damage to the economy.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has stated that she will not follow suit and restrictions in Scotland will remain in force for some time. The virus took hold in Scotland later than in the rest of the UK meaning that the virus’s reproduction number is significantly higher.
“I must make judgements informed by the evidence that are right and safe for Scotland,” Sturgeon has told reporters.
“I will not be pressured into lifting restrictions prematurely before I am as certain as I can be that we will not be risking a resurgence of infection rates.”
Earlier this week, the UK overtook Italy as the country with the highest number of fatalities. The United States is the only country with a higher death rate from coronavirus.