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The lockdown as we know it could thaw as early as Monday, if reports are correct.

According to the Mirror, Boris Johnson is planning to announce a five step plan which stretches from May until October.

It is reported elsewhere that the government is likely to drop its slogan "stay at home".

But the news comes as Liverpool still reels from the toll of the pandemic.

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Hospitals in Merseyside and the surrounding areas have reported a further 23 coronavirus deaths in a morale-sapping update.

There were 10 more deaths of Covid-19 patients in Liverpool and eight more in Wirral as the reality that the virus is still very much at large hit home for our region.

Successive lower numbers of fatalities in recent days have sparked hope that we may be through the worst of the current phase of the crisis.

The 10 Liverpool deaths all occurred at the city's main University NHS Trust.

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The numbers do not represent people who have died yesterday. Rather they may have died over several days, but they are only now being reported by the NHS.

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Lockdown restrictions 'could be relaxed'

Pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants could re-open by August after months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A relaxation of current lockdown measures could come into effect from Monday, with the government's long-running "stay home" message expected to be scrapped.

New measures could see unlimited exercise to be allowed as the government works to ease the strict measures put in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

It is believed employees will be encouraged to return to workplaces which have stayed open throughout the lockdown – if it safe to do so.

In other changes, garden centres could reopen and there may be more guidance on the use of outdoor spaces including open-air markets, high streets and cemeteries.

Full story here.

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Racecourse gigs postponed to 2021

Organisers announced this morning that both Nile Rodgers & Chic's show at Aintree Racecourse on June 12 and Tom Jones' headline show on June 20 at Haydock Park Racecourse can no longer be staged 'due to the ongoing public health situation.'

Both have now been re-scheduled for next year: Nile Rodgers & Chic to June 11, and Tom Jones to June 19.

Tickets will be automatically transferred to the 2021 show at the 2020 price. There is no action needed to transfer tickets and gig goers will receive their new tickets to the original email address they booked with.

Alternatively if you would like a refund, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/live and fill in your details.

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Breaking news this morning

Care home turns corner

A Liverpool care home devastated by coronavirus has turned the corner on the awful disease.

The city and the country was shocked to hear about the deaths of 16 residents at Oak Springs Care home in Wavertree after the virus took hold in March.

But since then, the care home has turned a corner, thanks to support from locals, retired health workers and Liverpool Council.

Read the full report here.

'Stay home' advice may be dropped

The “stay home” advice could be dropped, reports the Daily Mail. Up till now, people have been urged to stay at home except for one exercise trip a day.

Boris Johnson 'drafts five step plan'

Boris Johnson has reportedly drafted a five step plan to lift the UK coronavirus lockdown over a six month period.

The Prime Minister said that he will set out his “road map” on Sunday and that the first steps could be implemented as early as Monday morning.

According to the Mirror Online, a draft 50-page plan has been drawn up to get the country back to normal.

It covers everything from schools reopening to pubs and football games.

You can read more here.