The Prime Minister is expected to set out a ‘road map’ later this week, outlining how people might get to work and how children can go back to school or into childcare.

The BBC reports he will unveil the new plan on Sunday, May 10.

It comes after details began to emerge about how schools could begin to reopen to more pupils next month.

The Prime Minister told the Sun on Sunday he wants primary schools reopened “as fast as we can” adding: “That’s where we want to go. It’s about working out a way to do it.”

Reports now suggest the PM intends to put primary schools on notice as soon as this week – as long as infection rates continue to fall.

Under the plan, primary schools in England could start accept students back from June 1.

Year 10 and Year 12 pupils would then be the first to return to secondary schools at a later date

Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has described smartphone apps for tracing the spread of coronavirus as the “best possible way to help the NHS” as a pilot programme begins in England.

The NHSX app is being trialled on the Isle of Wight this week as part of the Government’s test, track and trace strategy and will be central to its efforts in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Contact tracing has been used extensively in South Korea, Hong Kong and Germany, where outbreaks have been contained more quickly.

It comes after Michael Gove warned some social distancing measures will remain in place until a coronavirus vaccine has been developed, but he insisted ministers will seek to restore people’s lives to “as close to normal as possible”.

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The Duchy of Lancaster warned that people would have to live with “some degree of constraint” until they can be immunised against the deadly disease – suggesting Britons would have to accept a “new normal”.

The Cabinet minister told the daily Downing Street press conference: “Ultimately, unless and until we have a vaccine then I suspect that we are going to have to live with some degree of constraint because of the nature of the virus.

“But we obviously want to, wherever possible, and consistent with the measures on public health, restore people’s lives to as close to normal as possible.”





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