WE will all have to get used to a “new normal” even after the lockdown is eased, Dominic Raab has warned.
His message came as the daily UK death toll fell to 413, the lowest since March 31.
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The Foreign Secretary said it would be “inconceivable” for schools to reopen to all children without coming up with ways to impose social distancing.
This could mean kids alternating between going to school and working from home to avoid overcrowding, under one plan floated by teachers.
The number of patients in UK hospitals with the bug dropped by 458 yesterday to under 16,000.
The overall number of UK deaths is now 20,732.
THE Birmingham Nightingale hospital has yet to take any patients — 10 days after being opened.
The site at the NEC is intended to handle up to 500 coronavirus sufferers from 23 Midlands hospitals.
Hospitals boss Dr David Rosser said the NHS had absorbed the extra pressure which was a “good thing”.
The Midlands has seen the highest number of deaths linked to corona-virus outside London.
But Mr Raab, said we are at a “delicate and dangerous stage” of the crisis.
The UK must make sure its next steps are “sure footed” and “cautious”, he warned.
He said: “It won’t just be going back. It will be a new normal, if you like, with social distancing adapted to areas which are currently closed.”
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NHS medical director Prof Stephen Powis said the reduction in fatalities was down to the nation sticking to the lockdown rules.
He said: “Those benefits have occurred not by luck, but because people have complied with instructions.”
He said easing restrictions could undo these efforts.
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