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UK to be 'extremely careful' in relaxing rules on outdoor activities

A Birthday message for Captain Tom Moore is seen in Marston Moretaine, ahead of Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Marston Moretaine, Britain, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will think very carefully about relaxing lockdown rules regarding open-air activities, despite evidence that transmission of the coronavirus is less likely outdoors, England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said.

“At various different points (the activities) might involve a congregation of individuals and one has to be very painstaking and very careful about thinking through some of these before we make the wrong move to relax measures,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

“We have to be extremely sure-footed and extremely painstaking about this. This virus will absolutely come back.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle and David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison