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Coronavirus map LIVE: Boris releases post-lockdown plan – promises no more austerity

Laying out his plans to get things moving again, the Prime Minister said a task force led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak would concentrate on getting hospitals, schools and roads built at pace. His admission comes as travel companies have been inundated with holiday bookings from Britons desperate to enjoy an overseas break over the coming weeks and months.

The Government is expected to announce a July 6 date for the return of non-essential trips to some European countries. 

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Mr Johnson said: “The lesson is to act fast and we’re going to make sure that we have plans to help people whose old jobs are not there anymore to get the opportunities they need.

“We are absolutely not going back to the austerity of 10 years ago.”

He is expected to discuss his plan more in-depth during a speech on Tuesday.

In April the economy shrank by a record 20.4 percent.

The contraction was three times greater than the decline seen during the whole of the 2008 – 2009 economic downturn.

Mr Johnson added: “We are going to be doubling down on levelling up.

“If COVID was a lightning flash, we’re about to have the thunderclap of the economic consequences.

“We’re going to be ready.”

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