The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen arriving back at Downing Street earlier this evening as he’s planning to return to full-time Monday morning duties.
This came just two weeks after he had returned from coronavirus and had been released from St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was filling in for him when he was sick, said he was “raring to go”
Since being hospitalized on 5 April, the PM spent a week in hospital and three days in intensive care.
Now sources close to the PM have reportedly indicated that before May 7 – possibly as early as this week – he could ‘modify’ parts of the shutdown measures.
Mr Johnson’s ally told that “May 7 will be the day the government is constitutionally obligated to reconsider the lockout rules.
The PM has recently discussed the idea of ‘modifying’ lockout rather than removing it, and it’s quite obvious that the limitations will remain in place even if businesses and schools start reopening.
“Talking about lifting the lock down is using the wrong language, we need to talk about modifying the lock down.
“There is certainly a feeling that we should do better than we are at the moment when it comes to people working outside.”
Mr Johnson will preside over his first Covid-19 meeting today after he was infected with the virus and had to go to the hospital.
Ministers are close to dabbling the slogan ‘Stay at Home’ in favor of a much less draconian approach, the source said.
They said: ‘We’re on the move from Stay at Home. Yet that doesn’t mean we are going back to normal. We’ll both need to switch to a new standard.
“The first priority of the Prime Minister is to prevent a second peak, which will entail a second lockdown. He’s aware that they can’t afford to do something that would mean losing track of the outbreak rate, as it would imply more people dying. Which would mean another lock down, and this would undermine public trust and be bad for industry.”
Speaking in the Government briefing, Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, praised Britons obeying lockout and social distancing steps with the apparent drop in new cases and the plateauing of deaths.
However, Professor Powis said that the shutdown had “begun to pay off,” but cautioned cases could increase and a second wave could arise if Britons continue to become complacent.