PM announces first easing of lockdown and sets out three-step plan

Mr Johnson continues: “When I think of the millions of everyday acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that are being performed across this country, and that have helped to get us through this first phase, I know that we can use this plan to get us through the next.

“And if we can’t do it by those dates, and if the alert level won’t allow it, we will simply wait and go on until we have got it right.”

“We will come back from this devilish illness. We will come back to health, and robust health.

“And though the UK will be changed by this experience, I believe we can be stronger and better than ever before.

“More resilient, more innovative, more economically dynamic, but also more generous and more sharing.

“But for now we must stay alert, control the virus and save lives.”