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The U.K. government has denied reports that the lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus could start to be lifted in three weeks.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, one of those leading the government’s response while Prime Minister Boris Johnson recovers from his Covid-19 infection, said the plan remained to stick tothe five tests set out by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on April 16.
Sunday saw newspaper reports that the government had drawn up a three-stage plan for ending the lockdown that could see schools reopen as soon as May 11. “That is not true, we have not made that decision,” Gove told the BBC. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson later told reporters: “I can’t give you a date.”
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