UK will review two-meter distancing - Sunak

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, which says it has always followed scientific advice in its handling of the pandemic, faces the difficult balancing act of reviving the economy without allowing a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Britain has the third highest number of coronavirus deaths after the United States and Brazil, something critics of the government say reflects its response to the crisis.

"The prime minister has put in place a comprehensive review of the two-metre rule," Sunak said in an interview on BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Reducing the distance people must keep apart from each other would mean three quarters of pubs could reopen, rather than about one third with a two-meter rule.