Boris Johnson Says He Wants To Start Easing Lockdown Measures From Monday
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The Prime Minister made the comment during PMQs this afternoon, explaining he wanted to "get going with some of the lockdown easing measures on Monday" if possible.
The comment was made after Labour leader Keir Starmer asked the prime minister if he would be attending Parliament on Monday 11th May, to present the next stage of how the government plans to handle the crisis and unveil a 'roadmap' of how to ease Brits out of lockdown.
In response, Boris explained there would be a statement made by the government on Sunday, in which the PM will address the nation to reveal his initial plans on how to start exiting lockdown, which has been in place since 23rd March.
Although it is expected that a review of lockdown will take place on Thursday 8th May, the announcement is set to be made at the weekend, after the government looks closely at the data - and how it supports the plan - over the coming days.
During PMQs, he added that the announcement will be made on Sunday as it will be useful for "people have an idea of what is coming the following day".
Today marked the Prime Minister's first appearance in Parliament since he recovered from coronavirus.
As well as expressing his hopes to begin lifting restrictions from Monday, he also pledged to ramp up COVID-19 testing to 200,000 per day by the end of May.
While it is currently unconfirmed what plans will be implemented on Sunday, yesterday, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon explained the easing of lockdown would be gradual and not like "flipping a switch".
This could include some children transitioning back to school and certain services allowed to resume.
In his first press conference since contracting the virus last week, Boris explained: "We will be setting out comprehensive plans next week to explain how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, back into childcare, and how we can travel to work and make life in the workplace safe."