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Wednesday, May 13, latest;

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick spoke at the daily briefing, and stated that the nation needs to get building again and the construction industry moving.

It will also involve a 30% discount on new homes for key workers later this year.

Jenrick also made it clear that, from today, people can move house if they follow the new guidance on gov.uk, with the blocks of the buying and selling process now back in business – as ‘long as they can be done safely’.

“From today, estates agents offices can reopen. Viewings are permitted, virtually or in person. Show homes can open. Removal companies and other essential part of the sales and letting can restart.”

He added: “This is the most radical restarting of an industry in the first phase of our national recovery road map.

“This was not an easy decision to make. With few if any transactions there is no visibility and no precedent with which to accurately judge the state of the housing market.

“But I do know that in every economic recovery in modern British history the housing market has been key.

“So let me be clear to all who work in the sector, have started a business in it, have invested in it, or rely upon it, I’m doing everything I can to help the industry bounce back.”

Dr Jenny Harries said on transport use it is “a strong indicator” on the success of social distancing, infections and pressure on hospitals.

The total number of tests is now “well over 2 million”.

Harries also said that just 21% of critical care beds are occupied with Covid patients.

“Everywhere, there has been a peak, a plateau and a curve downwards.”

 

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