Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman confirmed this afternoon the UK would advance "with maximum caution" due to fears of a second spike in coronavirus. It comes after Mr Johnson sparked fury after he confirmed he would make an announcement over the future of the UK-wide lockdown on Sunday.
Mr Johnson is due to announce the next steps in Britain's battle to tackle the coronavirus this weekend following a review by ministers of the current measures that have all but shut the economy and kept millions at home today.
At a cabinet meeting of his top ministers today, Mr Johnson said Britain would advance "with maximum caution" and be guided by the science and data when considering whether any of the strict social distancing measures could be eased.
His spokesman said: "Any easement to the guidelines next week will be very limited.
"We are at a critical moment in the fight against the virus and we will not do anything which risks throwing away the efforts and sacrifices of the British public."
Coronavirus lockdown: Boris Johnson has issued a statement on his plans for next week (Image: GETTY)
And overnight a five-point plan for Britain ending the lockdown was leaked. Details were shared on the reopening of schools, workplaces and other areas.
The easing is excpected to begin as early as Monday - despite Britain's daily death count remaining high, with 464 new hospital deaths confirmed today.
News of Mr Johnson's plan to ease restrictions provoked fury among his critics, with Piers Morgan accusing him of being "staggeringly reckless".
The outspoken Good Morning Britain host, who recently tested negative for coronavirus, warned "we're no nearer to beating COVID-19".
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He tweeted: "Govt briefing the media about how Monday's going to be some kind of Virus-Day liberation is staggeringly reckless.
"We're no nearer