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Coronavirus Daily: PM allows private garden meetings of up to six people in new lockdown easing

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Boris Johnson announced yesterday that lockdown measures would be further eased from Monday.

Following on from schools reopening for certain years, open markets and car showrooms starting back up again, he said up to six people can meet outside, either in parks or private back gardens, provided they stay two metres apart.

He said: "These changes mean that friends and families can start to meet their loved ones, perhaps seeing both parents at once or both grandparents at once and I know for many people this will be a long awaited and joyful moment."

Boris Johnson made the announcement at last night's daily briefing. Picture: BBC (35505277)
Boris Johnson made the announcement at last night's daily briefing. Picture: BBC (35505277)

But the government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance urged caution with the new measures saying the R rate- the estimated infection rate - was currently between 0.7 and 0.9.

The government wants to keep the rate below one to ensure the rate of infection is decreasing, if it does start to rise again lockdown measures may come back in.

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had 13 daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,148, with Suffolk reporting 11 new cases, with a total of 1,481.

The UK's daily figure for confirmed cases has seen a slight drop to 1,887, from 2,013 in the previous reporting period, and the UK's daily deaths is also slightly down from 412 to 377.

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