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Coronavirus POLL: What should reopen first if lockdown is eased? VOTE HERE

Coronavirus POLL: What should reopen first if lockdown is eased? VOTE HERE 1

Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on what should reopen first if the lockdown is relaxed. Calls are growing for the Government to reveal its exit strategy after more than a month of strict social distancing measures.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been standing in for the Prime Minister as he recovers from coronavirus, has rejected demands for an early easing of the lockdown.

Mr Raab told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "We are at a delicate and dangerous stage.

"We need to make sure that the next steps are sure-footed, which is why we are proceeding very cautiously and we are sticking to the scientific advice with the social-distancing measures at this time, whilst doing all the homework to make sure that we are prepared in due course for the next phase."

Mr Raab added: "Until we can be confident, based on the scientific advice, that we are making sure-footed steps going forward that protect life, but also preserve our way of life, frankly it is not responsible to start speculating about the individual measures.”

Mr Johnson, who is set to return to work on Monday, is already under pressure to begin lifting the lockdown amid signs of economic disaster and public frustration.

A group of Conservative donors - financiers Michael Spencer and Peter Hargreaves, banker Sir Henry Angest, Phones4u founder John Caudwell, restaurateur Richard Caring and former Redrow boss Steve Morgan - all told the Sunday Times they wanted to see some re-opening of the economy.

Mr Morgan said: “We’re actually in danger that the medicine - if you want to call the lockdown that - is more harmful than the cure.”

READ MORE: Business and industry to reopen in May with 'Covid-secure' offices

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In a letter to Mr Johnson, Sir Keir wrote: "Simply acting as if this discussion is not happening is not credible, especially when other governments and our own devolved administrations have been able to communicate so much more.

"The British public have made great sacrifices to make the lockdown work.

“They deserve to be part of an adult conversation about what comes next. If we want to take people with us and secure their consent, this is necessary now.

"This is a national crisis and therefore needs a national response. The coming weeks require urgent preparation and planning from the Government.

"We have already seen the consequences of poor planning and preparation. That cannot happen again.”

In an appearance on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves added: "It is incredibly important that the Government take people with us on this journey.

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