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UK’s death toll jumps by 414 and PM warns people to stay at home

by LLB Politics Reporter
8th May 20 2:51 pm

The UK’s total death toll of patients in hospitals across the UK has risen by 414 on Friday, with England reporting 332 new deaths.

Scotland reported 49 deaths, Wales recorded 28 and Northern Ireland had five.

Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter on Friday and warned Britons not to become complacent in the fight against coronavirus.

He wrote, “We are past the peak of this disease. But we can’t get complacent.

“Please continue to follow the rules on social distancing and stay at home to save lives.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said Johnson will set out a “road map” on Sunday, for how England would begin to lift the lockdown restrictions.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast Dowden said, “On Sunday, what the Prime Minister will do is set out the road map ahead.

“We can start to look to the future, but we’ll have to do so in a very tentative and cautious way, so people should not expect big changes from the Prime Minister on Sunday.

“But what they should expect… he’ll set out the road map, but he’ll say that at each stage we’ll have to assess: can we take those measures?

“Because all the time we want to ensure that we keep the reinfection rate under control.”

Adding, “If there is any indication that things are starting to get out of control, we won’t hesitate to step back.

“But people should be able to look forward to the weeks and months ahead to know where we are going and the order in which we are doing it.”

Professor John Edmunds, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also warned MPs on Friday that the UK is still seeing a “sobering” number of people dying, and we should not be coming out of lockdown.

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