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UK coronavirus LIVE: Death toll jumps by 155 as Boris Johnson unveils post-lockdown recovery plan in major speech

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 30/06/2020
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, Britain, June 30, 2020.  Paul Ellis/Pool via Reuters © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, Britain, June 30, 2020. Paul Ellis/Pool via Reuters

Boris Johnson has unveiled the UK's post-lockdown recovery plan in a major speech, but warned that the dangers of coronavirus "have not gone away".

Speaking in the West Midlands, the Prime Minister pledged to "unleash" the potential of the UK. He said the Government is "determined to use this crisis finally to tackle this country’s great unresolved challenges of the last three decades", pledging "radical" reforms to the planning system and promising an "infrastructure revolution".

It comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that excess deaths in England and Wales have fallen below the five-year average for the first time since March. The number of excess deaths in the UK since the pandemic began is just above 65,000, which is broadly unchanged from one week ago.

As Leicester heads back into lockdown, secondary schools in England could reportedly create "year bubbles" of up to 240 pupils under Government plans to ensure all children can return to the classroom safely in September. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is due to announce the final plans for reopening schools more widely to children on Thursday.

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