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Boris Johnson will today lead the daily Covid-19 briefing for the first time since his return to work following his battle with the virus.

The Prime Minister, a day after his fiancee Carrie Symonds gave birth to their first child, will first take charge of a remote Cabinet meeting of his top team.

The meeting comes on the deadline day for the Government reaching its 100,000 testing target, and as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said easing lockdown would not be a “flick of the switch moment”.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) is also gathering before Mr Johnson fronts the daily Downing Street press conference once again.

SAGE is looking at a selection of options for easing restrictions while still keeping the reproduction rate of the coronavirus – the number of new cases linked to a single individual – below one in order to stop it spreading exponentially.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma was reported to be set to put forward plans for an eventual “workplace by workplace” easing of lockdown in the coming days.

A Business Department spokesman said: “The Government has already set out five clear tests to consider before making any adjustment to its approach. It is only right the we work together with industry and unions to ensure workplaces are safe for both those in work now and for those going back to work as government measures develop.”

It will not be known until Friday whether the Government has met its 100,000 a day test pledge.

Ms Sturgeon said she was “far from convinced” measures could be eased on the next review date of May 7.

The Scottish First Minister told ITV’s Peston: “People talk about lifting the lockdown, that is not going to be a flick of the switch moment – we’re going to have to be very careful, very slow, very gradual...Read More…

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