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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the next key stages of the deconfinement in his country, saying he hopes "a return to normalcy as soon as possible from November, perhaps in time for Christmas". </p><div> <p>Prime Minister Boris Johnson was optimistic at a press conference on Friday July 17 about the health situation in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I sincerely and sincerely hope that we can remove the extraordinary measures” put in place to contain the epidemic “and allow a real return to normal as soon as possible from November, perhaps in time for Christmas”, a he thus declared.
With 45,000 dead, the UK is the country hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic, and the conservative government of Boris Johnson is under fire from critics for its management of the crisis. To improve the situation, the latter intends to increase the screening capacity, targeting “at least 500,000 tests per day, or 3.5 million per week” by the end of October. It will also allocate an additional 3 billion pounds (3.3 billion euros) to the British public health service (NHS).
Back to office in August
Boris Johnson also unveiled the next steps in his plan to gradually lift England out of the lockdown introduced on March 23 in order to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.
The conservative leader thus encouraged the English to resume public transport on Friday and encouraged them to return to their place of work from 1is August, relying on employers to determine whether employees should continue teleworking or return to the office.
Thursday however, the government’s scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, considered that teleworking was a “perfectly good solution” and that there was “absolutely no reason” to change the recommendations in this regard.
Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks, beauty institutes and performance halls will also reopen on 1is August, Boris Johnson announced. Schools, colleges and childcare systems will resume full-time service from September. Fall will mark the return of weddings of up to 30 people, conferences and stadium events.
The Prime Minister however clarified that this calendar remains “conditional” and subject to the evolution of the epidemic. Local authorities across England will be given new powers to be able to quickly impose local restrictions in the event of an outbreak.
“If we continue to stick together as we have done so far, I know we can beat this virus,” said Boris Johnson, adding that “hoping for the best scenario, but preparing for the worst.”