UK to review easing of virus lockdown

LONDON (AFP) – The British government was yesterday reviewing lockdown measures introduced to combat the coronavirus outbreak, with a partial easing expected to be announced this weekend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Cabinet colleagues, with predictions that unlimited exercise and picnics will soon be allowed as part of the first step of easing restrictions.

“We’ll want if we possibly can to get going with some of these measures on Monday. I think it would be a good thing if people had an idea of what is coming,” he said on Wednesday.

Cafes with gardens may also be allowed to open but people would be required to remain two metres apart.

But the government and its scientific advisers have warned not to expect a return to normality for months, with Britain’s mortality figures the highest in Europe.

A couple walk their dogs by painted pebbles showing support for the NHS and keyworkers, and containing positive messages, which have been left by members of the public on Avon beach in England. PHOTO: AP