Covid-19: 'Behave responsibly' as lockdown eases and China 'vaccine efficacy low'

Covid-19: 'Behave responsibly' as lockdown eases and China 'vaccine efficacy low'

BBC·2021-04-12 15:00

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Monday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening.

1. Behave responsibly, says PM as lockdown eases

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns people to continue to take steps to "suppress Covid" as the latest stage of lockdown easing comes into effect. Pub gardens, indoor gyms and hairdressers are among the businesses that can now reopen in England as part of the third stage of the government's "roadmap" out of this lockdown. There's a five-week gap between each step so infection rates and hospital admissions can been assessed. With that in mind, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone to "behave responsibly" as he welcomed the "major" step towards normality. He had planned to have a celebratory pint to mark the measures easing, but it has been postponed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday. England isn't the only nation in the UK where lockdown rules are changing, Northern Ireland's remaining school year groups 8-11 will return to the classroom and some rules are also being relaxed in Scotland and Wales.

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