Public should follow the rules to keep corona under control; says Boris Johnson

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LONDON: Defending his strategy to fight against corona, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the public to “follow the rules” to control the spread of Covid-19, as he set how the lockdown in England will be eased in the coming months.

The Prime Minister said it was right that the sacrifices made by the British people in order to drive down transmission of the virus were now acknowledged, and that the country will begin to take steps towards opening up.

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the nation on Sunday. (Nation TV screen photo)

Addressing the nation at TV on Sunday, he praised the “indomitable spirit of Britain”, but he told the Commons: “If the data goes the wrong way, if the alert level begins to rise, we will have no hesitation in putting on the brakes and delaying or reintroducing measures locally, regionally, or nationally.”

He added: “Our challenge is to find a way forward that preserves our hard won gains, while easing the burden of lockdown and I’ll be candid with the house this is a supremely difficult balance to strike.”

Mr Johnson set out his “road map” for easing restrictions, starting on Wednesday with people who cannot work from home – and in sectors such as manufacturing, food production and construction – urged back to work.

Garden centres will also reopen and people will be allowed outdoors for unlimited exercise in pursuits such as tennis, golf, lawn bowls and basketball. However, they must keep two metres away from other people and only exercise with their own household.

Prime Minister advised that people in England should also wear face coverings in enclosed places, such as in some shops and on public transport while people can meet with a person from another household as long as social distancing is maintained.

Driving to destinations for outdoor walks and exercise is also permitted. Fines for those who break the rules will rise to £100 in England.