UKs Boris Johnson to Set out Plan for Gradual Lockdown Easing

LONDON—British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out a five-tier warning system for the CCP virus in England on Sunday when he outlines the governments roadmap for gradually easing lockdown measures that have shut down much of the economy for nearly seven weeks.

Johnson will use a televised address at 1800 GMT to announce limited changes, including encouraging more of those who cannot work from home to return to their offices and factories, and allowing people to exercise more than once a day, according to a government minister and British media.

The governments flagship “stay at home” slogan will be replaced with “stay alert,” a decision that drew criticism from opposition parties for being too ambiguous.

“We need to have a broader message because we want to slowly and cautiously restart the economy and the country,” housing minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News, adding that Johnson would be setting out the roadmap for “the weeks and months ahead.”

In a separate interview on BBC TV, Jenrick said staying at home would still be an important part of the governments message, and there would be “no grand reopening of the economy tonight.”

Johnson posted a picture of a new government poster giving instructions such as “stay at home as much as possible” and “limit contact with other people.”

“Everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules,” he said in a message alongside it.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Sir Patrick Vallance, arrive for a news conference on the CCP virus, in London, UK, on March 3, 2020. (Frank Augstein/Pool via Reuters)
Virus Outbreak Britain
Virus Outbreak Britain
A woman wearing a protection mask to protect against CCP virus walks over Westminster Bridge in London, UK, on April 22, 2020 (Frank Augstein/ AP Photo)

Britain has reported 31,587 deaths from the CCP virus, the second highest death toll in the world after the United States, and some 215,260 confirmed infections.

The Sunday Times reported that scientific advisers had told the government that deaths could exceed 100,000 by the end of the year if lockdown measures are relaxed too fast.

Johnson will detail a five-tier warning system for England, ranging from “green” at level 1 to “red” at level 5 to flag the COVID-19 risk in different areas and to allow the government to increase restrictions where necessary.

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