May 11, 2020 / 2:58 PM / 23 days ago

Johnson: country at 'most perilous moment' as curbs ease

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes for a walk in Central London following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain faces the most delicate point in its battle against COVID-19 as it passes a peak in infections and starts gradually to ease guidance on social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

“Our journey has reached the most perilous moment where a wrong move could be disastrous,” he told parliament. “So at this stage, we can go no further than to announce the first careful modification of our measures.”

On Sunday, Johnson encouraged employees who cannot work from home to return to their workplaces this week where businesses remained open and it was safe to do so.

Reporting by William James and Andy Bruce, writing by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison

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