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Final daily briefing after lockdown easing announcement

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Final daily briefing after lockdown easing announcement

Earlier today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out plans to further lift lockdown restrictions. He confirmed that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in England could reopen from the 4th July.

This was followed by an announcement from No 10 Downing Street, stating that today’s daily briefing would be the last.

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A No 10 spokesman announced:

“From today, the press conferences will no longer be daily. We’ll continue to hold press conferences to coincide with significant announcements, including with the Prime Minister.”

In total there have been 92 briefings and two national addresses by the prime minister.

The final briefing was lead by the Prime Minister, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

Boris Johnson outlined the five tests the government insisted it passes before any lockdown restrictions could be eased.

He reiterate that from the 4th July, people will be able to meet with one other household and urges people to “act responsibly”.

Meetings can take place inside your home, outdoors, or in a pub or restaurant, as long as people continue to follow social distancing measures.

The Prime Minsiter warned “the fight is far from over” and that Covid-19 is “a nasty virus that wants to take advantage of our carelessness”.

Johnson concluded by saying:

“I will not hesitate to put on the handbrake and reverse some of these changes at local or national level as required.

“But we can avoid that if we all continue to stay alert and do our bit to control the virus.”

A total of 42,647 people have so far died in the UK after testing positive for the virus, according to government figures.

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