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Boris Johnson gives details on lockdown changes in Commons statement

Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today we heard from PM Boris Johnson for the first time since his pre-recorded message was shared with the nation yesterday evening. The statement at the House of Commons communicated to MPs the lockdown changes.

Key points from the PM's statement to the House of Commons included:

  • The PM says the government's plan "is conditional and dependent as always... on the common sense of the British people".

  • The PM says a "tragic" number of people have died in care homes. "We have begun our descent from the peak of the epidemic", Mr Johnson continues. He warns however it has "reached the most perilous moment where a wrong move could be disastrous".

  • Boris Johnson tells MPs that the reopening of society and the UK economy should go ahead with "utmost caution". He says the R rate - which measures the spread of infection has fallen from between 2.6 and 2.8 in April to between 0.5 and 0.9 now.

  • Mr Johnson confirms, from Wednesday, those in England can meet up with one other person from another person, in parks, as long as you maintain social distancing.

  • The PM says the government's "ambition" is for all primary schoolchildren to return to school with a month left of the summer term.

  • Ending his statement, the PM says: "If the data goes the wrong way, if the alert level begins to rise, we will have no hesitation to put on the brakes - delaying or reintroducing measures locally, regionally or nationally.