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The government's five tests for lifting lockdown

Business Secretary Alok Sharma set out the five key tests for lifting the lockdown.

Mr Sharma said until all five of these tests are met it will not be considered safe to relax the lockdown rules.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier announced the government's furlough scheme would be extended for another month.

Here are the government's five tests Mr Sharma outlined:

  • "We must protect the NHS' ability to cope. We must be confident we are able to provide sufficient critical care and specialist treatment right across the UK."

  • "We need to see a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rate from coronavirus so we can be confident we have moved beyond the peak."

  • We need to have reliable data from SAGE showing that the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels across the board."

  • "We need to be confident that the range of operational challenges including testing capacity and PPE are in hand with supply able to meet future demand."

  • "We need to be confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelm the NHS."

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