The United Kingdom is “on track” to further ease its nationwide lockdown, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday, adding that the government would soon outline a more detailed plan to lift the restrictions.
“You can see the direction that we’re going. We set the direction out in the plan that we published last month, and we are clearly on track for that plan because the number of cases is coming down,” Hancock told Sky's Sophy Ridge.
"On Friday the scientists were able to advise that the alert level come down, so we are on plan,” he added.
On Friday, Britain's Chief Medical Officers announced that the coronavirus alert level had been lowered from level four, which indicates that the level of transmission is high or rising, to level three, indicating that Covid-19 remains in general circulation.
Hancock said the government would soon set out the details of its plans to further ease the lockdown, including new protective measures such as wearing face masks in public spaces.
“We will of course be setting out more details of that plan and in the plan, it states that on around July 4, we will take further measures if it is safe to do so,” he said.
“The plan does refer to hospitality and some of the other things that are closed that so many people want to see open."
The UK government has come under sharp criticism from opposition figures and health experts over its reopening strategy. Earlier this week officials abandoned plans to develop a coronavirus tracing app from scratch and decided to instead build a new app based on a system created by Google and Apple.
The government began easing lockdown restrictions in England from 1 June but the new guidelines have left some confused. Relatives still can't spend time inside others' homes, but people can visit outdoor attractions, retail stores and places of worship.
Britain has recorded 304,580 cases of the disease and 42,674 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.