A six-week-old baby has become the youngest victim of coronavirus in England as the official death toll across hospitals and the wider community linked to COVID-19 hit 31,241 in the United Kingdom. The baby’s death on Friday comes as Britain prepares for some easing in the strict lockdown measures in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus as it is believed that Britain is past the peak of the pandemic.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to make a televised address on Sunday, during which he will lay out a comprehensive plan to start unlocking the economy. However, Cabinet ministers have been warning against raising expectations beyond a “modest” easing of the social distancing rules in place to manage the pressure on the state-funded National Health Service.
There are some concerns that people would start flouting the stay-at-home message during a long Bank Holiday weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory in Europe Day on Friday. “I’m conscious that there is a great deal of speculation about what the Prime Minister might say on Sunday when he outlines a roadmap for the future and how we will evolve the current restrictions,” said UK Environment Secretary George Eustice in reference to the speech. “But in the meantime, in spite of the sunny Bank Holiday, it is vitally important that we continue to abide by the current restrictions. Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives,” he said.
Meanwhile, the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales have plans to effectively keep lockdown largely in place with some “very smallest and most modest steps” towards an easing. From Monday, people in both regions will be allowed to go out to exercise locally more than once a day. — PTI