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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised message Sunday that he is extending the country's lockdown measures, but unveiled a three-stage plan to reopen schools, some businesses and the hospitality industry in June and July.

Why it matters: The U.K. has the second-highest confirmed coronavirus death toll in the world and the highest in Europe. The country has reported more than 220,000 recorded cases and 31,000 deaths from the virus as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

  • “This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week," Johnson said. "Instead we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures."

The big picture: Johnson stressed that people who can work from home should do so, but said that those who cannot should be "actively encouraged" to return to work on Monday.

  • That includes construction or manufacturing workers, who should avoid using public transportation to get to work and should maintain social distancing while on the job, Johnson said.
  • Quarantine will also now be required for people arriving in the country by air to prevent reinfection from abroad.

What to watch: The prime minister announced the basic contours of a roadmap for how he hopes to further lift lockdown measures over the coming weeks.

  • Stage 1: Johnson said that starting Wednesday, people can to leave their homes to exercise, to sit in local parks, and to play sports with members of their own household.
  • Stage 2: By June 1, Johnson said the government believes the country may be able to slowly begin to reopen shops and schools.
  • Stage 3: By July, he hopes the government can begin to reopen some of the hospitality industry and other public places, "provided they are safe and enforce social distancing."

Yes, but: He noted that transitioning to each stage is "conditional" and depends on "all of us, the entire country, to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that [rate of infection] down."

What they're saying: Johnson has been criticized by his rivals for a lack of clarity on key details and for rushing to send Britons back to work while the virus remains a significant threat to public health.

  • “This statement raises as many questions as it answers," Labour Party leader Keir Starmer told the BBC. "We see the prospect of England, Scotland and Wales pulling in different directions, so there's a big gap here for the government to make up.”
  • “I accept a plan had to be set out, but to lack that basic clarity and consensus is a real problem.”

Go deeper: Boris Johnson says U.K. is "past the peak" of the coronavirus

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Kushner defends COVID response: "We're still below the peak" of 2,500 daily deaths

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner defended the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, telling CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the current rate of deaths is "still below" the May peak of 2,500 per day and that "we know a lot more than we did five months ago."

Why it matters: The U.S. is one of the few wealthy countries that has failed to suppress the outbreak, reporting a total of over 5.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 170,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic — by far the highest death rate in the world, according to Johns Hopkins.

Aug 18, 2020 - Health

Birx: "I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy"

Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, speaks after a June briefing in Washington, D.C. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters Monday she would have liked to have seen the U.S. introduce stricter restrictions like Italy did to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What she's saying: "I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy," she said. "When Italy locked down, I mean, people weren't allowed out of their houses, they couldn't come out but once every two weeks to buy groceries for one hour and they had to have a certificate that said they were allowed. Americans don't react well to that kind of prohibition."

Updated Oct 16, 2020 - Health

U.S. coronavirus updates

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases on Friday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Coronavirus infections jumped by almost 17% over the past week as the number of new cases across the country increased in 38 states and Washington, D.C., according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios.