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Boris Johnson Says UK Will Know Plan For Leaving Lockdown 'Next Week'

Boris Johnson Says UK Will Know Plan For Leaving Lockdown 'Next Week'

Boris Johnson led the briefing for the first time since returning to work after overcoming coronavirus

Boris Johnson has said he will outline the plan for lifting lockdown in the UK next week.

The Prime Minister has urged people to 'keep going' with lockdown measures.

Speaking at the Government's daily coronavirus briefing, Johnson said he will publish a 'comprehensive plan' next week.

The plan will cover how the economy will be restarted, how children will return to school and how people will get back to work.

Johnson said the plan would be 'guided by science' and will focus on 'how we can continue to suppress disease and at same time restart the economy'.

The Prime Minister also said the UK is 'past the peak' in the fight against coronavirus. He said: "For the first time we are past the peak of this disease and we are on the downward slope."

Johnson said the death toll had risen by 674 since yesterday to 26,711 in all settings in the UK.

Yesterday (29 April) morning, Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours of this morning at a London Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said that both mother and baby were well.

The spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

"The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team."

The child, which is 32-year-old Symonds' first child and thought to be Johnson's sixth, was expected in 'early summer'.

Johnson returned to work on Monday following an absence of more than three weeks whilst he recovered from symptoms of coronavirus.

He spent several days in intensive care as a result of the illness, but issued a statement upon his return in which he said there were signs the country was 'turning the tide' on the virus that has drastically changed life for all of us.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: UK News, Coronavirus, Politics