Boris Johnson has announced the next phase of theeasing of the UK’s lockdown, allowing groups of six people to meet in public places or gardens from Monday. Outlining that the Government’s five tests for easing the lockdown have been met, the Prime Minister said “for many people this will be a long awaited and joyful moment” but he warned that “all the steps we have taken and will take are conditional on all the data and scientific advice”. He added: “I have to warn you there will be further local outbreaks” and the Government will “put on the brakes where required and, if necessary, we will reimpose measures”. Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned the ‘R’ numbermay be close to onein some areas of the UK. Friends and families will not yet be allowed into each others homes and will have to maintain social distancing rules.Our politics liveblog has the latest details and reaction.
Meanwhile, Durham Police have concluded Dominic Cummingsmight have broken lockdown ruleswhen he made a 50-mile journey to Barnard Castle. However, the force said it would not be taking any further action against the Prime Minister’s chief aide over his trip on Easter Sunday with his wife and four-year-old son.Read on for details. Meanwhile, Newsnight host Emily Maitlis said she has been “overwhelmed” by support from viewers as she revealedit was her decisionnot to appear on the show which aired after the row over her opening monologue on Mr Cummings the previous night. ManyTelegraphreaderswere not forgiving of her comments, which the BBC said fell short of its impartiality standards, with one calling it “an Orwellian atrocity”.
Wave of problems after launch of NHS Test and Trace
The new NHS Test and Trace system has beenplagued by problemswith its launch today as tracers struggled to log in to work and it emerged the scheme will not be fully operational until the end of June. There are also concerns the NHS willstore harvested health dataon millions of people for up to 20 years. It also emergedonly one third of peopleinvolved in the UK’s first contact tracing scheme – a precursor to today’s system – agreed to self-isolate. Lawyers are warning it could lead to awave of employment tribunalsif bosses ask workers to ignore isolation guidance. It comes as another 37,837 have died from Covid-19 in the UK, taking the official death toll to 377. Yet despite an overall national decline, some areas in England and Wales have yet to see their deaths peak according to aTelegraphanalysis.Click here to search where you live.
Exclusive: Premier League to resume on June 17
The Premier League willrestart on June 17with two crucial midweek fixtures before a full round of matches on the weekend of June 20.The Telegraphcan reveal the first games following a three-month postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic will be Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal. The two matches are the “games in hand” which will take all 20 clubs up to 29 games played with the remaining 90 fixtures scheduled in a frenetic six-week period.Read on for detailson TV slots and plans for the FA Cup.
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Nissan saves UK plant| The future for Nissans Sunderland plantlooks to be securefor years after the Japanese company said it will shut its Spanish factory. Closing the Barcelona plant means the UK factory will become Nissans European manufacturing hub.Read on for details.
Protesters clashed with riot police in Los Angeles in anoutpouring of rageover the death of a black man seen in a widely circulated video gasping for breath as a white officer knelt on his neck. The video, taken by an onlooker to Monday night, showed George Floyd lying face down and handcuffed, groaning for help and repeatedly saying, “please, I can’t breathe,” before growing motionless.Watch the fierce clashes.