January 19, 2021

Coronavirus: Easter can’t be normal, Britons told

Britons are being urged not to undo the success of social distancing over the Easter bank holiday, as Boris Johnson begins his coronavirus recovery.

A publicity campaign tells people to stay home to have a “safe Easter” even as temperatures rise to 26C (79F).

Downing Street said the PM is now out of intensive care and in “extremely good spirits” at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Meanwhile, cabinet minister Robert Jenrick has defended his travel moves amid reports he flouted lockdown rules.

The housing secretary is said to have travelled from London to a second home in Herefordshire, and separately visited his parents in neighbouring Shropshire, according to the Daily Mail and the Guardian.

The government has advised against travel to second homes – and urged people to distance themselves from elderly relatives.

Mr Jenrick, the MP for Newark in Nottinghamshire, said he had been in London on ministerial duties and left for what he described as a “family home” in Herefordshire to join his wife and children.

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