The government's "stay at home" order has been lifted.

There is now a new message of "stay local" as we see the first significant move in the easing of restrictions and the first real taste of freedom for people across England.

Today marks the next stage in Boris Johnson's exit roadmap out of lockdown.

It means that meeting other outside in a group is just one in a series of relaxed restrictions you can participate in from today - which were illegal yesterday.

The return of the 'rule of six' will mean those who have felt the strain of limited contact with loved ones will finally be given some respite thanks to the success of the government's vaccine rollout.

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Outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts and open air swimming pool can also open.

This next stage comes after pupils returned to school earlier in the month, along with recreation - such as picnics - once again becoming legal.

While the next stage in the exit from lockdown is a step in the right direction for those desperate for human contact, there is still a few weeks to wait for anyone waiting for gyms and entertainment venues to reopen on April 12.

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Transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.

A joint WHO-China study on the origins of Covid-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.

The possibility of the virus having emerged from a lab leak was “extremely unlikely”, according to a draft copy of the study’s findings obtained by The Associated Press.

The findings were largely as expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.

The report’s release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to skew the conclusions to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China.