BORIS Johnson addressed the nation last night and revealed plans to get the country back to work and play.
The Prime Minister detailed his 'road map' out of lockdown, including school reopenings and the relaxing of certain guidelines.
In his highly-anticipated speech, he urged people to return to work if they can't work from home.
The PM also revealed Brits would be allowed to sunbathe in parks and play some sports from Wednesday.
Certain day trips the car will also be okay.
He said some schools will start going back from June – but only if the infection level is low enough.
But mass gatherings in pubs and clubs will be off the cards for months to come.
Travellers flying into Britain will now be made to stay in quarantine.
And a brand new alert system for tracking coronavirus cases across will be introduced.
Follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates.
GOVERNMENT 'BETRAYED' CARE HOMES
Ministers have been accused of 'betraying' care homes for failing to provide coronavirus tests for all staff and residents.
Last month the government pledged to provide testing regardless of symptoms but one survey found only one in four staff who displayed symptoms were actually screened for the deadly bug that has decimated some nursing homes.
Tests for care workers in need were promised by government officials on April 15, with the pledge extended two weeks later for all staff and residents of English care homes regardless of symptoms.
But a survey by the National Care Forum and as reported by the Daily Mail found fewer than one in four care home staff who fear they have coronavirus have been screened – with many care homes saying they can’t get any tests at all.
Jayne Connery, head of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, said: “It’s a total contradiction and betrayal of care home residents and staff.”
– The Prime Minister revealed the first steps toward easing the lockdown including a unlimited exercise
– Primary schools will reopen in phases over the next few months
– Arrivals in the UK will now have to quarantine for 14 days
– From Wednesday, Brits can go on day trips in their car
– The final Covid-19 death toll could be worse than World War Two
US CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS IN QUARANTINE
US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday will quarantine for the next few days after he came into contact with a family member who has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Adm. Gilday tested negative on Friday but will quarantine for several days as a precaution.
Gilday did not attend the White House meeting with the President on Saturday, according to a US official.
FRENCH BARBER TENDS TO FIRST CUSTOMER IN WEEKS AS LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS ARE RELAXED
French hairdresser Marc Mauny is pictured tending to his first customer in weeks during the re-opening of Marc Creations hair salon at midnight in Mayenne, as France begins to soften its strict coronavirus lockdown rules.
PENCE PULLS A U-TURN ON SELF QUARANTINING REPORTS
VP Pence will be at work as usual on Monday in spite of reports this afternoon that he was going to be self quarantining after his staffer was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Pence's spokesperson, Devin O'Malley said: “Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine”
“Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.”
Reports of Pence isolating surfaced after it was revealed on Thursday that one of President Donald Trump's valets tested positive for the virus.
The following day, it emerged that his Press Secretary, Katie Miller tested positive for COVID-19.
BENIDORM FACES DISASTER IF BRITS ARE FORCED TO STAY AWAY BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS
Spanish hotel bosses in Benidorm have warned that the Costa Blanca faces “disaster” if Brits are kept away away this summer.
Toni Mayor, president of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association Hosbec, is worried people may be asked to isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.
“That is going to be a body blow for UK aviation and for tourism. I don’t see international holiday flights to Spain resuming till July at the earliest.” he told the Mirror.
“If the quarantine were brought in and was still in place by July and August, we can wave goodbye to any hopes of British tourists returning to the Costa Blanca this summer.”
MEN'S BLOOD 'CONTAINS HIGHER LEVELS OF PROTEIN THAT HELPS COVID-19 INFECT CELLS'
New research into why men are more likely to die of coronavirus has revealed that it may be to do with the higher levels of protein in their cells.
The researchers measured the concentrations of the protein, known as ACE2, in participants' plasma, which is the liquid part of blood.
ACE2 enables the new coronavirus to infect healthy cells, scientists have said.
The researchers also found that levels of ACE2 in the blood were not affected by the drugs commonly used to treat blood pressure.
Their findings are based on patients in their 60s and 70s from 11 European countries and involved around 3500 patients.
ICU MEDIC WARNS THAT EASING LOCKDOWN 'TOO RISKY' AND RISKS MASSIVE SECOND WAVE OF INFECTIONS
An intensive care medic said that he fears reducing coronavirus restrictions too soon is “too risky” and could create a second wave of infections “even bigger than the first”.
Dr Ron Daniels, a consultant at Birmingham Hospital, said he had seen a “chink of light” with some bed space returning at his unit after weeks battling the killer virus.
He said it is too risky in most health professionals' view to relax lockdown right now.
“We would like to see our capacity in NHS hospitals back down to below usual levels before we can safely do that.
“Do we have enough beds to cope with a second wave if lockdown is relaxed too much? Absolutely not. We're still over our usual capacity.”
AVON TO LAUNCH FASHIONABLE FACE MASKS ACROSS EUROPE
Beauty giant Avon revealed the group is working on plans to launch Avon face masks across a number of European countries in response to customer demand as it adapts its business to a new socially distanced world.
Global CEO Angela Cretu said fashion statement face masks are expected to be become the “must-have accessory” as the world emerges from lockdown to a new socially distanced way of living.
The group, which employs five million representatives around the world, is hoping to have its first face masks available for order from June 1, with plans for a larger collection later in the year to be extended to the UK at a later date.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MASK IN CASE YOU ARE HEADING BACK TO WORK THIS WEEK
Official guidance says people who are showing symptoms, or caring for people suspected to have COVID-19, should use masks.
Here's how to make one.
THOUSANDS OF CORONAVIRUS TESTS SECRETLY FLOWN FROM BRITAIN TO THE US
Britain had to send 50,000 coronavirus tests to the US after issues with a British lab.
Speaking this morning, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick admitted: “There was an issue with one of the labs and we put in place our contingency plan, which was to take some of the tests to the United States for the tests to be processed.
“That was exactly in line with the detailed plans the Department for Health had made in advance.”
The Government had previously admitted experiencing problems in a Northern Ireland lab, but made no mention of having to ship tests to America.
RESTAURANTS TOLD TO GET CREATIVE TO STAY AFLOAT DURING LOCKDOWN
The UK's hospitality sector is taking one of the biggest hits due to compulsory closures during lockdown.
Chefs, like A.Wong's Michelin starred Andrew Wong, have encouraged others to use “alternative services” like takeaway food, or food packages, to keep afloat.
Restaurants are predicted to see further financial problems when they are allowed to trade again due to social distancing measures that will take up precious floor space in their dining areas.
TRAVELLERS GOING BETWEEN BRITAIN AND FRANCE WON'T BE QUARANTINED AT THIS STAGE
France and Britain said that travellers passing between the two countries will not be quarantined for 2 weeks as outlined by Boris' announcement tonight.
No.10 and Paris added that any such measure would be reciprocal and only be imposed after mutual consultation through a specially set up working group.
France said earlier this week new quarantine and isolation measures would be possible for all travellers into France. However, these would not apply to European Union countries or Britain for now according to Reuters.
US VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE IS GOING INTO SELF ISOLATION
US Vice President Pence is going to self-isolate after his aide tested positive for COVID-19 according to Bloomberg.
The VP has been under threat of contracting coronavirus after his staffer, and Stephen Miller's new wife, Katie Miller, tested positive earlier this week.
Pence has been criticised for not wearing masks or taking basic social distancing measures in recent weeks.
He risks becoming one of the 1,364,834 Americans who have tested positive so far.
MORE ON THIS BREAKING STORY HERE
THE CORONAVIRUS 'R VALUE' EXPLAINED
"R value" is a phrase Brits have heard time and time again when scientist and those alike refer to coronavirus figures and scientific statistics.
R0, or R nought, refers to the average number of people that one infected person can expect to pass the coronavirus on to.
Scientists use it to predict how far and how fast a disease will spread – and the number can also inform policy decisions about how to contain an outbreak.
For example, if a virus has an R0 of three, it means that every sick person will pass the disease on to three other people if no containment measures are introduced.
It's also worth pointing out that the R0 is a measure of how infectious a disease is, but not how deadly.
POLICE LEFT CONFUSED OVER NEW POWERS AND RULES ANNOUNCED AROUND LOCKDOWN
Police officers now face confusion over new powers to heavily fine people for breaking lockdown that were annonced tonight along with new guidelines on leisure activities.
Johnson said tonight that as long as a two-metre distance is maintained, people will also be allowed to sunbathe or chat in a park with one other person from a different household.
But he also said that fines for breaching the rules will be increased for up to £3,200.
The Police Federation of England and Wales warned of “extreme pressure” being placed on the officers it represents by the relaxation of rules.
National chairman, John Apter, said: “What we need from the Prime Minister and the Government now is clear and unambiguous messaging and guidance, explaining what exactly is expected of the public, so that my colleagues can do their level best to police it.”
WHAT WILL BE ALLOWED AS OF THIS WEEK
- Garden centres will be back from Wednesday
- Golf, Tennis and other outdoor sports are back on from Wednesday, but only with household members
- Students facing exams will hopefully get time with their teachers before September
- Primary schools will start reopening in June
- Picnics and sunbathing is allowed so long as you keep to your households
- We can drive to other destinations within the UK
UK HAS SUFFERED 1000 MORE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN EUROPE
Tonight's figures have now been submitted for new coronavirus cases and deaths across Europe.
Official reports show that the UK had 103 more deaths than the next closest European country, Italy, over the past 24 hours.
We now have the highest total number of deaths in Europe by a 1,295 margin.
STARMER SLAMS BORIS' PLANS TO EASE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN
Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Sunday Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement on easing a lockdown to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus raised more questions than it answered.
“This statement raises more questions than it answers, and we see the prospect of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland pulling in different directions
“The prime minister appears to be effectively telling millions of people to go back to work without a clear plan for safety or clear guidance as to how to get there without using public transport” he said in a statement to Reuters.
“What the country wanted tonight was clarity and consensus, but we haven’t got either of those.”
CHILDREN UNDER 5 ARE DYING OF MYSTERIOUS SYNDROME LINKED TO CORONAVIRUS
Three children have died of a mysterious inflammatory syndrome linked to the coronavirus in New York.
The state is investigating dozens of other potential cases, mostly in kids under school age according to the Washington Post.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “We were labouring under the impression that young people were not affected by covid-19.
“We’re not so sure that is the fact anymore.”
FINAL CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL COULD BE WORSE THAN WW2 IF WE DON'T SOCIAL DISTANCE UNTIL 2024
A new study by the University of Bristol has predicted that over 800,000 Brits could die of coronavirus before we defeat it.
In order to ward the virus off completely, social distancing measures would need to continue until December 2024.
Professor of Risk Management, Philip Thomas, estimates that if the Government continues to keep infection rates below an R number of one by enforcing intermittent lockdown conditions, then 150,000 people will die from Covid-19 over five years.
But those who will die from the collateral effects of lengthy lockdown measures – such as poverty on healthcare and general impoverishment – will be three times greater and see as many as 675,000 deaths.
Approximately 525,000 British civilian and military personnel died in the Second World War.
KURDS REOPEN THEIR REGION OF IRAQ AFTER REPORTING ZERO CASES OVER PAST 24 HOURS
The Kurdistan Regional Government's Health Ministry has reopened after reporting zero COVID-19 coronavirus cases in past 24 hours and for the past few days.
Kurdistan’s Interior Ministry officially lifts the coronavirus lockdown, but travel between different provinces will remain closed until May 18, according to local reports.
Since the first recorded cases of coronavirus in the region, the KRG Health Ministry has conducted 51,099 COVID-19 tests across its four provinces.
There were 391 confirmed cases of the infectious disease, including five deaths. According to Friday’s statement, there are now only 25 active cases remaining in hospitals, according to Kurdistan 24
HYPNOTIST SHARES TIPS ON DEFEATING 'THE COVID-19 DIET'
TV hypnotist Paul McKenna has been using his own techniques to stop himself binge eating during coronavirus lockdown, by simply sticking a giant question mark on the fridge.
His other techniques include:
- Make sure it's not your feelings leading you to the fridge
- Eat consciously and slowly
- Imagine there's hair in the food in the fridge to put you off
MORE TIPS HERE
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