Coronavirus latest news: Britons prepare for big step towards normality amid Covid threat

Monday marks a “turning point” as the “toughest limits on our freedom” start to ease and Britons can start to return to pre-pandemic routines, a leading NHS official has said.

Prof Stephen Powis, the national medical director of NHS England, urges people not to “squander the gains” made over the past months because “this virus still has the capacity to wreak more havoc and ill health on a significant scale”.

Lockdown rules start to ease further on Monday for the first time in months, with up to six people or two full households allowed to meet in parks or back gardens.

Golf, tennis and team sports can also resume as part of the first stage of the Government’s roadmap to restore normal life in England by June 21.

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