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Boris Johnson held out hope that the U.K. will be able to reduce its two-meter social distancing rule, even as the top government scientist warned the death toll from coronavirus is not falling as quickly as the authorities would like.
“We want to take some more steps to unlock our society and try to get back to as normal as possible,” Johnson said at a press conference from 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. “Eventually, I would like to do such things as reducing the two-meter rule,” he said, adding that he would only be able to take such measures if the disease abated further in the U.K.
Johnson’s note of optimism jarred with the message of caution coming from the country’s most senior scientific officers and the latest data showing the number of daily reported deaths in the U.K. is only falling slowly.
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