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Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown ‘cautious but irreversible’, says Boris Johnson


The government’s plan to move England out of lockdown will be “cautious but irreversible”, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister is due to set out the roadmap for ending restrictions next Monday.

He told reporters the plan would include target dates for changes “if we possibly can”, but he warned high rates of infection could lead to delays.

It comes as a group of Tory MPs call for a commitment to a “free life” and ending of lockdown measures before May.

Senior backbencher Steve Baker said he wants the prime minister to “let us reclaim our lives, once and for all”.

The PM is likely to be questioned about his plans later when he hosts a Downing Street press conference at 17:00 GMT – alongside England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, and the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens.

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