Holding his first news conference since recovering from COVID-19, British PM Boris Johnson offered hope to locked-down Britons but urged them to stick with restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus.
“I can confirm today that for the first time, we are past the peak of this disease,” Johnson said. “We’re past the peak and we’re on the downward slope, and we have so many reasons to be hopeful for the long term.”
With rising unemployment and many companies crippled, the government is under pressure to outline an exit strategy.
Johnson promised to set out next week a “menu of options” on how the lockdown could be relaxed but said the exact dates of any change would be driven by scientific advice and data.