London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the senior minister on Thursday that the government will take “the greatest caution” as he prepares to outline the locking measures taken to mitigate the outbreak of coronavirus.
Johnson will address the United States on Sunday night to develop a “road map” to relax the social segregation rules announced at the end of March, but no major changes to the measure are expected.
Although officials said that the UK ’s transmission of COVID-19 has declined significantly, the country ’s official death toll is the second highest in the world. Another 539 deaths announced on Thursday led to a total of 30,615 deaths.
However, the wider official data released this week brought the total number of deaths to more than 32,000 by the end of April, including 107 medical staff and 29 medical staff.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said at the daily Downing Street press conference: “We have reached the top, but this is a very delicate and very dangerous moment, so we must act with caution.”
He added: “The virus has not been defeated. It is still fatal and infectious.”
Rab said Johnson will detail the “roadmap for the next stage” on Sunday, which includes “taking appropriate measures at appropriate milestones” and “strict monitoring under strict conditions.”
A spokesman for the British Prime Minister said earlier that he used the term “maximum caution” when talking with colleagues at a cabinet meeting.
The media reported on Thursday that as part of early relaxation restrictions, unlimited sports and picnics will be allowed.
Announced this news, the Bank of England warned on Thursday that the UK economy may decline 14% due to the outbreak, although it may rebound 15% next year.
A spokesman for Johnson said that “the worst thing we can do” is to relax restrictions and allow the virus rate to soar for the second time, which requires new measures to further hit the economy.