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UK PM Boris Johnson warns of risking second coronavirus wave


After stricken by a severe case of coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to figure to the largest dilemma of his premiership: a way to lift the lockdown that's destroying a people economy without triggering a deadly second wave of the outbreak.

Speaking outside Downing Street early Monday, he said the govt "simply cannot spell out" when or how restrictive measures will ease, but offered hope by adding progress was being made with fewer hospital additions which the uk was "passing the peak".

Johnson, 55, returns to figure almost a month after he tested positive for COVID-19, which incapacitated the prime minister and threatened his life at the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Addressing UK businesses, which fear more economic weakness amid the lockdown, he said: "We simply cannot spell out now how briskly or slow or perhaps when those changes are made.

"I understand your impatience, I share your anxiety ... I entirely share your urgency, it is the government’s urgency and yet we must also recognise the chance of a second spike, the chance of losing control of that virus, and letting the reproduction rate return over one. Because that will mean not only a brand new wave of death and disease but also an economic disaster.

"This is that the moment of maximum risk."

His government, his party and his scientific advisers are divided over how and when the world's fifth-largest economy should start to urge back to figure, albeit in a very limited form, because the number of individuals who have died of coronavirus infection surpassed 20,000 over the weekend.

Johnson's deputy, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said social distancing would remain in situ for a few time.

The UK is not off course to be among the worst-hit European states with over 20,732 hospital deaths reported as of Saturday.

But the UK's total price is way higher as statistics for deaths outside hospitals - for instance, in care homes - are slower to be published.

The most stringent lockdown in peacetime history has left the economy facing possibly the deepest recession in three centuries and also the biggest debt splurge since warfare II.

Richard Horton, the editor of The Lancet, tweeted: "Today the united kingdom Prime Minister returns to figure. His first task isn't to make a decision when to finish the lockdown. Instead, it must be to manage public expectations about the length of lockdown. He has to speak to a people people today."

Citing the instance of Italy, which he said was following the "Wuhan timeline", Horton added: "We must use May to work out new infections and deaths still fall. We must use May to plan a recovery plan for the state. We must use May to give some thought to what quite future we wish."

At the beginning of the outbreak, Johnson initially resisted imposing a draconian lockdown on the other hand changed course when projections showed that 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 people could die within the UK.

Since the lockdown was imposed on March 23, his government has faced criticism from opposition parties and a few doctors for the UK's limited testing capabilities and also the lack of protective equipment for a few front-line medical examiners.

Opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, who has replaced veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, urged Johnson to line out when and the way an economic and social lockdown may be eased - as did some Conservative Party donors.

"Simply acting as if this discussion isn't happening isn't credible," Starmer wrote in an letter to Johnson.

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