December 4, 2021

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Boris Johnson’s route out of lockdown

Boris Johnson will set out the first steps to ease the lockdown on Sunday - HOC/JESSICA TAYLOR
Boris Johnson will set out the first steps to ease the lockdown on Sunday – HOC/JESSICA TAYLOR

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Revealed: PM’s roadmap to reopen schools and shops

The Prime Minister will encourage more people to go back to work if they can do so safely as he prepares to ease the coronavirus lockdown on Monday. Boris Johnson will use his much-anticipated address to the nation on Sunday to lay out his step-by-step strategy for phase two of the shutdown. Political Editor Gordon Rayner reveals he will tell people they can take “unlimited” exercise either on their own or with members of their household. Yet many businesses will have to wait longer to reopen. The Government’s actions will be based on predictions supplied by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, known as Sage, on how much the rate of infection may increase under different scenarios. Camilla Tominey has the inside story on how measures will be eased one at a time, and how the messaging to the public will evolve. Read what will happen regarding work, schools, meeting others and more.

Meanwhile, the Government has been urged to make the scientific advice on coronavirus immunity “more transparent”, after Professor Neil Ferguson said he broke lockdown rules because he thought he was immune. Prof Ferguson resigned from Sage after Anna Mikhailova revealed he had allowed his married lover to visit him at home during the lockdown. Yet Global Health Security Editor Paul Nuki explains why history will be kind to Prof Ferguson, whose strategy saved thousands of lives. Still, this has not spared him from today’s Matt cartoon.

‘Useless’ gowns flown back from Turkey fail safety tests

It was a mission that ended in disaster. The Telegraph can reveal every one of the 400,000 gowns brought back from Turkey in a RAF plane last month has been impounded in a warehouse outside Heathrow Airport after inspectors found the gear was “useless” and fell short of UK standards, senior sources said. Ministers were last night facing questions over whether the money paid for the gear will be recovered, and why the public were not told earlier. Millions of masks bought from factories in China have also been seized and impounded after being found to fall below UK standards, it can be revealed. Bill Gardner has everything you need to know on the major embarrassment for the Government.

Lord’s facing first summer without cricket in 233 years

Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, is facing the first blank summer of its 233-year history and is braced for income to drop by around £30 million because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, owners the MCC announced the sale of 300 new life memberships to raise around £15 million to ensure the completion of the £52 million rebuild of the Compton-Edrich stands, which started at the end of last summer. The move was caused by fears of the financial hit from the expected loss of income. Yet the club is facing a backlash from some members.

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At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Comment and analysis

You Are Not Alone: Getting you through lockdown

  1. ‘I was talking to 8-foot pythons’ | How an 84-year-old explorer came back from Covid-19

  2. ‘The economics are horrendous’ | What future is there for classical music after lockdown?

  3. Marriage diaries | My wife is drinking her way through this lockdown and I’m worried

Business and money briefing

Clear timeframe demanded | Business leaders have called for a detailed timetable setting out how the economy will reopen as they fight to save millions of jobs. Bosses are desperate for Boris Johnson to lay out a clear route away from lockdown when he gives a key speech on Sunday.

Gallery: The big picture

Hospital staff cheer and look on as the United States Navy Blue Angels pass over Medical City Dallas, Texas. See more pictures of the day.

Nurses and doctors wave at the aircraft - TOM PENNINGTON/GETTY IMAGES
Nurses and doctors wave at the aircraft – TOM PENNINGTON/GETTY IMAGES

Also in the news today

Migrant crossings | Priti Patel has urged the French to back a new crackdown to enable the UK to return Channel migrants to France even if they are caught in British waters. The Home Secretary is also seeking to renegotiate an international agreement that would enable Britain to return more asylum-seekers who land in the UK. Read on for details.

Tonight’s lockdown dinner  

Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) | Skewers of juicy charred chicken and spring onion in a sweet soy dressing. Click here for the recipe.

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

The flash of genius | Album covers tend to divide into two approaches: portraits of the artist or conceptual representations of the music. David Bowie was adept at combining both. But one particular record sleeve would become the most iconic portrait of his shapeshifting career. Read the story behind Aladdin Sane.

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