The UK government has good reason to fear a second wave of the coronavirus. The economy is in dire straits and it will not be fixed by the prime minister’s theatrics or his falsely comparing himself to America’s Democratic wartime president Franklin D Roosevelt.

Boris Johnson says it’s safe to go to the shops (apart from in Leicester). The public is, as a rule, taking it a lot more carefully than the hordes who ignored social distancing while making a mess of Bournemouth’s beaches during the recent heatwave.

The early returns from the reopening of non-essential outlets, however, suggest that younger people are notably more comfortable with emerging from what Johnson has referred to as the national hibernation than are their older peers.

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