UK extends lockdown by three weeks

In this grab taken from video issued by Downing Street on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address on lifting the country's lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Downing Street via AP)

United Kingdom has renewed the coronavirus lockdown measure for another weeks as the government unveils plans to exit the lockdown first imposed on the country seven weeks ago.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson who announced this during a televised coronavirus address on Sunday noted the time is not right to ease the lockdown yet.

He however, added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1.

Johnson said some public places could re-open from July 1 but warned air passengers travelling to Britain faced quarantine measures.

Britain has seen nearly 32,000 deaths in the outbreak — the second-worst cumulative death toll behind the United States, and the worst in Europe.

Mr Johnson hinted details of the lockdown exit plan which centres around a five-phase Covid Alert Level similar to the system in place for security threats, with one the lowest and five the highest.

Johnson said Britain had been at level four throughout the outbreak and “careful steps” were needed to move to level three, even as transmission rates varied around the country.

Johnson indicated restrictions could be reimposed, including locally, if there is a surge in cases.

“We have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous,” he added.

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