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‘Not out of the woods’, Boris Johnson warns as lockdown eases – Covid-19 Government Briefing πŸ”΄ BBC

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A round-up of the PM’s press conference

We’ve just heard from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as England prepares to ease some lockdown measures tomorrow. But what did we learn? Here’s a round-up.

* Coronavirus is still very much with us as we move to the next set of changes, said the PM, who stressed: “We’re not out of the woods yet”
* He said tomorrow marks the biggest step on the road to recovery and urged people not to let down the “businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare us for this new normal”
* As lockdown eases in England tomorrow, people should expect “targeted” local lockdowns to be reimposed – like the one currently in place in Leicester – where there are spikes in the number of cases of the virus
* A timetable will be set out next week for the reopening of other businesses, – including the arts and events industry, indoor gyms and nails bars – said Mr Johnson
* He said governments in Scotland and Wales are going in the “same direction” as England but perhaps at “slightly different speeds”
* Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical adviser, warns that a second wave is a possibility and the risk will “exist with us for a very long time”, as he urges people to stick to the rules. There is no “risk-free next step” he adds
* Mr Johnson says people should feel safe to enjoy themselves this summer – but must do so “in a responsible way”

Boris Johnson has taken to the lectern at Downing Street for his press conference ahead of lockdown easing in England.

He was joined by chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

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