Holding his first news conference since recovering from COVID-19, and a day after his fiancee gave birth, Boris Johnson offered hope to locked-down Britons, but urged them to stick with restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus.
Britain now has the second-highest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe with more than 26,000 deaths.
Johnson promised to set out next week a "menu of options" on how the lockdown could be relaxed, but said the exact dates of any change would be driven by scientific advice and data.
Thursday (April 30) also marked the deadline for Britain to reach its target of 100,000 daily tests. Latests figures showed 81,611 tests were conducted on Wednesday, with figures for Thursday due to be published the following day.