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British Prime Minister Borish Johnson’s spokesman on Friday said it was difficult to say with certainty when the social distancing measure can be relaxed.

“Work is taking place across the government in readiness for the point where we are able to relax social distancing measures, for now, the public message is focused on staying at home,” the spokesman added. 

Regarding the criticism of the government’s response to the coronavirus being too slow, “the response has faced challenges but the government has taken decisions at the right time,” the spokesman said.

Market reaction

These comments had no impact on the market sentiment and the UK’s FTSE 100 Index was last seen adding around 3% on the day at 5,798 points.