January 25, 2021

Coronavirus: No ‘single leap to freedom’, minister warns

The government will proceed with “extreme caution” exiting lockdown, the transport secretary said as he revealed plans to “get Britain moving again”.

Grant Shapps pledged £250m for emergency improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure.

But he would not confirm a 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving in the UK.

A further 346 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the UK, taking the total to 31,587.

The transport secretary said the move beyond Covid-19 would be a “gradual progress” and not a “single leap to freedom”.

Even if the UK transport network was running at full capacity, social distancing rules would mean only one in 10 passengers could travel, he said.

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