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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Set to Announce Cut in Social Distancing Rule

© AP Photo / Kirsty WigglesworthSigns advise people to social distance on a bus stop along a high street, in London, 19 May 2020, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Signs advise people to social distance on a bus stop along a high street, in London, 19 May 2020, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.  - Sputnik International
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said that the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK was diminishing, as the country’s coronavirus disease alert level was downgraded from four to three.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule and plans for the reopening of businesses on Tuesday, as part of efforts to restart Britain's economy amid the pandemic.

On 23 June, Boris Johnson is set to update Parliament on the next stage of lockdown easing and whether pubs, restaurants, hotels could reopen in UK from 4 July.

The easing of restrictions on 4 July marks the start of "phase three" when some hospitality businesses can reopen.

According the government’s guidance, alert level three means that the disease is still in general circulation, although the risk of high or exponential transmission has diminished.

In turn, the World Health Organisation recommends a social distance of at least 1 metre.

The United Kingdom registered 43 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, well below the previous four days, when there were over 120 fatalities per day, the daily update from the Department of Health and Social Care showed.

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