UK's Johnson: country at "most perilous moment" as curbs ease

The United Kingdom has one of the world's highest official COVID-19 death tolls and, after criticism that he was slow to impose a lockdown, Johnson is wary of triggering a second wave of infection.

In his statement to the House of Commons Johnson said: "Our challenge now is to find a way forward that preserves our hard-won gains while easing the burden of lockdown."

Earlier, the government published a 51-page document entitled "Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy".

The plan includes a staged undertaking to allow businesses to reopen, advice on avoiding public transport and wearing face coverings as well as an 14-day quarantine for most international arrivals.