Boris Johnson said he hopes to emerge from a ‘wretched year’ in hard-hit Britain. AFP/Alastair Grant

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out a four-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions, expressing a hope that life could get back to normal by the end of June.

In a statement to parliament, he outlined a “gradual and cautious” approach to lifting curbs in England, starting with the return of students to schools from 8 March, and non-essential retail from 12 April.

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