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Cabinet Sub-Committee Considers Plans On When To Ease Lockdown

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will consider plans today on when to reopen the country after the latest lockdown.

Schools are expected to return on a phased basis from March 1st, however  Level 5 restrictions elsewhere are expected to be extended beyond March 5th.
679 new cases of Covid-19 and one further death was announced last night.
The national 14-day incidence rate of the disease is 243, which is the lowest it's been since December 21st.

Meanwhile the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reveal plans later to reopen England's economy and society following a Covid-19 lockdown.
The measures are expected to ease from March 8th, with a cautious and gradual approach expected.

Meanwhile a phased return for pupils in the first few years of primary schools begins in Wales and Scotland today, while some older secondary students in Scotland will be allowed back for practical assignments.

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