The government has warned that even when the lockdown is eased, restrictions may have to be be reinstated to counter a second wave of infection.
Ministers are considering a series of measures to relax restrictions. However they are warning that lockdowns might need to be reimposed in local areas if there are outbreaks of the disease.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Correspondent Chris Mason and Science Editor David Shukman.
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