April 16, 2020 / 12:24 PM / a month ago

Britain must not move too soon on coronavirus measures: PM's spokesman

10 Downing Street is seen with rainbow posters in the window in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must not undo all the progress it has made in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak by easing social distancing measures too soon, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

Asked when the government expected to ease restrictions, the spokesman told reporters: “We’ll be guided by scientific and expert advice ... We must not undo all of the progress which has been made so far by releasing the social distancing measures too soon.”

He also repeated the government’s pledge to reach 100,000 tests by the end of the month. “Testing is going to be hugely important in finding ... the key to unlocking a way out of this pandemic and we need to keep working hard at it.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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