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UK taking 'right steps' to ease virus lockdown, says foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab speaks at the daily digital news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 18, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday the “careful” easing of the coronavirus lockdown was now the “right step” to take, shrugging off criticism for moving too quickly to allow people more social contact.

“We are confident that this is the right step to be taking at this moment in time,” Raab told Sky News. “We are taking those steps very carefully, based on the science but also based on our ability now to monitor the virus.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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