Boris Johnson has said he has “absolutely no doubt” that the UK will beat Covid-19, in his first Downing Street speech since he was hospitalised with the virus.
The Prime Minister urged Britons to continue to show “unity and determination” by observing the social distancing laws.
Mr Johnsons said he understood concerns over economic damage but that we would not risk ending lockdown too early.
“I know it is tough and I want to get this economy moving as fast as I can, but I refuse to throw away all of the effort and the sacrifice of the British people and to risk a second major outbreak and huge loss of life, and the overwhelming of the NHS.
“I ask you to contain your impatience because I believe we are now coming now to end of first phase of this conflict and in spite of all he suffering, we have so nearly succeeded,” he said.
Mr Johnson said “much more” information on the easing of measures would be given in the coming days, after his Cabinet faced pressure to reveal details in his absence.
He said the government will “begin to gradually to refine the economic and social restrictions” when the its five tests had been met, including consistent falls in death and infection rates.
“Difficult judgements will be made and we simply cannot spell out now how fast or slow or even when those changes will be made,” he said.
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