Coronavirus LIVE: UK cases at 19,784 with 1,228 deaths as lockdown Britain braces for 6 months of Covid-19 restrictions

BRITS may not see their lives return to “normal” from the Covid-19 crisis for six months, a senior doctor has warned.

Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, warned life in Britain will not return to normal until autumn – as ministers began preparing the country for an extended period of lockdown.

She said the nation will not be in “complete lockdown” for half a year but that social distancing measures will be lifted gradually.

Her stark warning came as the UK’s coronavirus death toll rose to 1,228 after another 209 people died from the outbreak yesterday.

Meanwhile EasyJet today announced it had grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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