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Boris Johnson issues new coronavirus lockdown warning as he renews five tests pledge

Boris Johnson once again reiterated the UK will not leave the lockdown until the five tests set, which include ensuring the NHS can cope and a persistent fall in coronavirus cases, are met. Addressing the nation from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said the second phase of his coronavirus strategy will not begin until all four nations pass the five tests. Mr Johnson said: “We will only be able to move onto the second phase of this conflict if our five tests have been met.

“The NHS must have sufficient capacity to provide critical care and special treatment right across the UK.

“There must be a sustained and consistent all in daily deaths from coronavirus.

There must be reliable data to show the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board.

“Operational challenges, including testing and PPE, must be in hand with supply able to meet future demand.

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“We must be confident that any adjustment to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS.”

Mr Johnson continued: “Then will be the time to move on to the second phase.

“The worst thing we could do now is ease up too soon and allow a second peak of coronavirus.”

The Prime Minister has been facing pressure from his party and businesses to lift some of the restrictions due to widespread economic concerns.

Mr Johnson has however remained firm in his conviction all risks of a second peak must be contained before lockdown is lifted.

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