Boris Johnson will set out a “road map” for the UK’s coronavirus lockdown exit strategy “next week”, he has said, after confirming Britain has “passed the peak” of Covid-19.
He resisted calls to announce the plan at Thursday evening’s coronavirus press conference, saying any relaxation now would “risk a second peak” in the virus.
The prime minister said the spread of the virus was “on the downward slope” with less people dying each day, hospital admissions falling and the number of patients in intensive care also falling.
“We’ve come under what could have been a vast peak, as though we’ve been going through some huge alpine tunnel and we can now see the sunlight and the pasture ahead of us.
“And so it is vital that we do not now lose control and run slap into a second and even bigger mountain,” he said.