Coronavirus Daily: PM set to look at two-metre social distancing rule
A review of the two-metre social distancing rule is said to have been ordered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after businesses and other MPs said it could impact the hospitality industry and the economy.
It is thought that some pubs and restaurants may not be able to enforce the current rule and make profit if it stays in place when they reopen on July 4 at the earliest, so they could remain closed or see a large number of job losses.
The World Health Organization has a recommendation of at least one-metre and is used in other countries, such as Denmark and France, but scientific advisors here believe the risk of infection could rise by up to 10 times than at two metres.
Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had five new daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,227, and Suffolk reporting no new cases, remaining at a total so far of 1,545.
The UK's daily confirmed cases have seen a rise, to 1,425, with the overall count of cases in the UK so far at 294,375 and the daily death figure being 181.
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