May 11, 2020 / 1:05 PM / 14 days ago

UK plots exit from lockdown but cautions COVID-19 is here to stay

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes for a walk in Central London following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson published his plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown on Monday, allowing some people back to work but cautioning that all should wear face coverings in enclosed spaces as COVID-19 was here to stay.

“This is not a short-term crisis,” said the 51-page “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy”.

“It is likely that COVID-19 will circulate in the human population long-term, possibly causing periodic epidemics. In the near future, large epidemic waves cannot be excluded without continuing some measures.”

For details of the plan:

The government said it would introduce a 14-day quarantine on international travellers with some exceptions. It also said people should wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing was not possible.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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