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Boris Johnson drafts five-step plan to lift UK out of lockdown over six months

Britain’s route out of coronavirus lockdown is a five-stage plan staggered over the next six months.

Boris Johnson will set out his “roadmap” on Sunday. He said the first steps will happen the next day “if we possibly can”. The Mirror understands a draft 50-page plan has been drawn up to get the country back to normal. The Government’s blueprint aims to to relax the lockdown in staggered steps between now and October.

However, officials fear a second wave of coronavirus or a seasonal flu outbreak this autumn could blow their plans off course.

 

Matt Hancock says coronavirus track and trace app will not mean end of social distancing

Matt Hancock has admitted his new coronavirus tracing app will not mean an end to social distancing. The government has made testing, tracking and tracing the spread of the virus a key tenet of its fight against the infection. They are encouraging everyone who can to download the app which will be trialled in the Isle of Wight from tomorrow.

Mr Hancock wants to use test, trace and track to get the infection rate down, but he says it will still need the public to maintain social distancing. Explaining the strategy Mr Hancok said: “Test, track and trace will help us to get the R down, and to get the number of new cases down and to keep it down, but not on its own.