Boris Johnson Suggests In PMQs Lockdown Measures May Ease From Monday

By Rachael Grealish

Boris Johnson has suggested today during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) lockdown measures will begin to ease from Monday (May 11, 2020).

In the Prime Minister’s first session of PMQs since contracting COVID-19 a month a go he said during his upcoming statement on Sunday May, 10, 2020, plans for the UK to ‘get going’ with ‘unlockdown’ will be discussed.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson – Image by Chatham House

During Boris’ first time tackling the new Labour leader, Keir Starmer, he spoke to MPs saying: “We’ll want if we possibly can to get going with some of these measures on Monday.”

Suggesting these plans will be laid out during his Sunday statement as he said: “I think it would be a good thing if people had an idea of what’s coming the following day.”

During his return to PMQs, which is still stripped down for social distancing measures, the PM set a new target for the UK to be testing 200,000 people a day for COVID-19 by the end of May.

This comes after the government announced that in the last 24 hours of April they performed 122,347 tests – but this came under much scrutiny after a diagram released by HM Government showed only 73,191 people had actually been tested, suggesting the rest had been sent to homes and other stations to make up the total.

The statement the PM is set to make on Sunday will come after the Government reviews the current situation and effects lockdown has had on the rate and spread of COVID-19, on Thursday as the second three weeks of lockdown comes to its end.

No indication has been given at this time as to what will be effected by the PM’s ‘unlockdown’, but currently the UK has been in lockdown for seven weeks and has reported over 29,000 deaths from the Coronavirus – this is the highest figure of deaths in Europe.

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