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Front Page: UK's road to recovery
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Thursday May 21 2020

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Good morning. As pockets emerge across the country where coronavirus is being stamped out, Danny Boyle has The Telegraph's latest briefing

Charts that show UK is on the road to recovery

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Beach life: The two-metre social distancing rule was tested on Bournemouth beach. Credit: PA

By Saturday, the UK will have been under lockdown for two months. As some of the worst-hit European countries begin to emerge from their bunkers after managing to get the pandemic under control, pockets are emerging across Britain where the virus is being stamped out. The prevalence of Covid-19 has fallen by as much as 40 per cent in just two weeks and statisticians estimate virus deaths could be eliminated by next month. Data journalists Dominic Gilbert and Ashley Kirk explain the progress in four charts. Meanwhile, analysis by the University of Oxford shows that six major London hospital trusts reported no deaths from Covid-19 in the past 48 hours. On the hottest day of the year yesterday, social distancing rules were under pressure as crowds flocked to beauty spots. View a gallery of the best images. You might wonder if any of those pictured on the beach above were supposed to be working from home. Matt has an ingenious idea for "home" working in today's cartoon.

Meanwhile, the head of one of the country's biggest teachers' unions has described Boris Johnson's pledge to get contact tracing in place by June 1 as "real progress". But the Prime Minister still faces an uphill battle in his attempts to get primary schools to reopen by next month to help get parents back to work. He hopes the "world beating" test and trace system will satisfy union concerns. Here is a simple guide to how the system will work. And Education Editor Camilla Turner has a must-read analysis on how the PM's school plan was sunk by the success of "stay home".


Exclusive: Peer 'milks' taxpayer by furloughing himself


A frontbench peer has furloughed himself - despite having a £100,000 cash pot in his company and claiming the House of Lords daily allowance during lockdown. Lord Fox, who owns two homes worth more than £2 million, is the first known parliamentarian to use the Government's wage subsidy scheme to pay himself. The 62-year-old Liberal Democrat has been criticised by MPs for "milking the taxpayer". Deputy Political Editor Anna Mikhailova has our exclusive report.


Beautiful uncrowded campsites beside the seaside


With British camping firms reporting a surge in bookings, it seems many of us are considering a holiday under canvas this summer (travel restrictions permitting). View our choice of the eight best, uncrowded UK sites - all close to or beside the sea. While all are currently closed, most are taking bookings and plan to reopen on July 4. And this is our guide to the idyllic English county that actually wants you to visit.

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Life after lockdown: No plain sailing for Greece

On the surface, at least brighter days should be round the corner for Greece as it prepares to reopen to tourists. But it is likely to take a lot longer for the country to fully recover from the economic impact of two months of lockdown. Read our dispatch from Athens and view more striking pictures of how the world is gradually lifting restrictions.

Employees disinfect a sunbed on a beach in Athens. Credit: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA


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