The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at Downing Street briefing, he is set to reveal a “road map, a menu of options” next week to end the UK lockdown.
The government’s road map includes a range of options to get the economy kick started with children going back to school and “how we can travel to work.”
Johnson explained, “I will be setting out a comprehensive plan next week to explain how we can get our economy moving, our children back to school and into childcare, and thirdly how we can travel to work and make life in the workplace safer.
“In short, how we can continue to suppress the disease and at the same time restart the economy.”
However, Johnson cautioned over the timing in relaxing individual restrictions and said, it all depends on “where we are in the epidemic” and what the scientific data suggests.
Optimistically, Sir Patrick Vallance England’s chief scientific advisor said, “The number of new cases is down, that’s turning into fewer admissions, fewer people in hospital, fewer people in intensive care and we’re beginning to see that decrease in deaths.”
But admitted the number of people being admitted to hospital across the UK needs to significantly decrease.
Johnson warned over a second wave of the epidemic in the UK and said this must be avoided as this will be more dangerous, with a higher death toll and have “lasting economic damage.”
The Prime Minister added, “That’s why we have to calibrate our measures so carefully and make sure we not only unlock the economy gradually, but also find ways of continuing to suppress the disease, and possibly find new, more ingenious ways of suppressing the disease.”
The UK has 6,771 people who have died from coronavirus with an increase announced on Thursday of 674 more deaths.