Friday, 3 July 2020:

  • The Prime Minister confirmed that there will be a timetable announced next week for the reopening of other businesses which remained closed this weekend.
  • Johnson announced that the number of new COVID-19 infections was reducing, with the R rate between 0.7-0.9 across the country.
  • Johnson added that areas such as Leicester saw greater coronavirus prevalence, resulting in local ‘lockdowns’.
  • The Prime Minister acknowledged the “devastating impact” that quarantine measures had on society and the economy.
  • Johnson stated that “good progress” was being made by workstreams looking into further easing for the fitness and hospitality sectors and highlighted how, generally, there would be a move away from sectoral restrictions and towards geographical measures.
  • On Saturday, Johnson said there will be a “moment of remembrance” to mark those who have lost their lives and that there will be a clap to mark the NHS’s birthday on Sunday.
  • In the UK, 284,276 people (544 new cases) tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 44,131 have died, an increase of 137 fatalities.