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Sunday, May 3, latest;

Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove suggested lockdown restrictions will be eased in a localised manner – the first time it’s been mentioned.

This week the Government will be piloting new Test, Track, Trace measures on the Isle of Wight and will expand this nationally. This is to result in a roadmap to be presented at one of next week’s briefings that will provide a blueprint for easing lockdown, which Gove described as “comprehensive”.

Gove was, however, reluctant to relax social distancing measures, calling a premature move “dangerous”. It comes as ministers are also working with employers and unions to help workers understand safety guidance, with protective equipment offered to public servants, varying “from setting to setting”.

It was also revealed that the number of people who have died with coronavirus in UK hospitals, care homes and the wider community has risen by 315, bringing the total number of fatalities to 28,446. The figure is the lowest since the end of March, although in terms of testing, Gove did reveal that 76,496 coronavirus tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday – below the Government’s target.

 

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