Coronavirus: Johnson's call to return to work 'recipe for chaos'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

"That recommendation, that policy does not change, what has changed this week is that people are permitted to go out a few times a day for legitimate exercise".

Northern Ireland is due to publish its recommendations as early as Tuesday, according to media reports.

After hearing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's most recent and "ambigious" address to the United Kingdom in regards to an update on its COVID-19 lockdown situation, Little Britain star and comedian Matt Lucas has hit out against the Conservative leader.

The guidance also sets out the government's three step "indicative roadmap" plan.

Despite the slight easing of the lockdown guidelines, people who are "clinically extremely vulnerable" should continue to shield themselves, while anyone showing any kind of symptoms must continue to self-isolate at home under continued household quarantine rules.

The UK government's call for an immediate return to work for those who can not work from home has been dubbed a "recipe for chaos".

From Wednesday, people from across England will be permitted to meet with one person from outside their household in an outdoor setting, as long as they maintain social distancing, and in June, they could be permitted to mix with another household in a "bubble".

Cultural events and elite sport could also restart from the same day - but behind closed doors, with the aim of re-opening "at least some" of the remaining businesses, including pubs, from July 4.

Danny Rose blasts Premier League returning while lives are at risk
The announcement aids the Premier League's plan to resume its season in June as it held a conference call on Monday with clubs about the logistics involved in playing again.

However, they must keep two metres away from other people and only exercise with their own household.

"There are millions of people who are both fearful of this bad disease, and at the same time also fearful of what this long period of enforced inactivity will do to their livelihoods and their mental and physical well-being", Johnson said.

"Times are tough, but we need to work together as a community to get through this".

Nine in ten of those say guidelines have been over-eased while just 3% say they did not go far enough.

A briefing by the World Health Organisation, published on 23 April, states that Covid-19 has not been detected in drinking water and "the risk of coronaviruses to water supplies is low".

The government's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said the chances of developing a vaccine for the disease is getting higher.

But Boris Johnson's latest guidelines have left many struggling to make the hard decision over who they should see, with one person joking: "Sorry Mum, I'm going to see Dad today!"

The UK government's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said: "Really what we are trying to do is to take very small steps that allow us to be sure we are not going to end up with an increase in transmission of the virus".

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