Govt Covid-19 news update 28 May with Boris – 17:00 Live
Further 377 Covid-19 related deaths across all UK taking the total to 37,837
Boris Johnson faces the media to give latest on coronavirus. It comes as an investigation by Durham Police has concluded that Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules when he made a 50-mile journey to Barnard Castle. But no further action is being taken.
PM and Dominic Cummings: I have said quite a lot on this already and intend to draw a line under this matter
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister: Rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels. Steps = Schools, Social Contact, Retail. It will vary in other nations. I cannot and will not throw away all of the gains we have made together. From Monday 6 people can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces. Can see parents at once and grandparents at once. But need to stay alert and follow social distancing rules. People should not meet inside the house. Will put the brakes on if necessary. All five tests for lifting the Covid-19 lockdown have been met in England. Must self-isolate if you are contacted by a contact tracer as part of the test and track system
Prof. Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer: People are going to have to do this in stages.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor: R value i between 0.7 – 0.9 not coming down fast and staying close to 1. Infections about 1,000 a day not a low number. Vast majority not had the infection – urge caution.
Followed by questions from the public and media
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