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Coronavirus: PM says we’re through the worst of COVID-19, but warns ‘let’s not blow it now, folks’ | Politics News

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Boris Johnson has said the UK is “very much through the worst” of the coronavirus pandemic, but warned: “Let’s not blow it now, folks.”

Speaking ahead of a significant easing of the COVID-19 lockdown coming into effect in England tomorrow, Boris Johnson urged Britons to “enjoy summer sensibly”.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to welcome customers for the first time in more than three months.



Dr Ian Higginson urges people not to 'get plastered' when pubs open



‘Don’t get plastered’ when pubs open

Hairdressers and barbers will also reopen, as will hotels, leisure facilities and tourist attractions.

The move represents the largest relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions since the lockdown was introduced in March.

The PM told LBC: “Tomorrow we come to step three of the plan that I set out on 10 May, that everybody, I think, has understood, or huge numbers of people have understood and followed very carefully and very closely.

“And it’s because people stuck to that plan that we’re now able to carefully and cautiously open up hospitality tomorrow.

“And my message is really for people to enjoy summer sensibly and make sure that it all works.”

Mr Johnson will appear at a Downing Street news conference on Friday ahead of the easing of the restrictions.

Opponents of the government’s approach have expressed fears of a second wave of infections and fear the easing has come too soon.

According to the Department of Health, a total of 43,995 people have died in the UK after testing positive for the virus.

This is the third highest total in the world, behind only the US and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University.

However, ministers have argued throughout the pandemic that international comparisons are not useful due to differences in how deaths are recorded.

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