Groups were seen enjoying the sun in Greenwich Park yesterday, as lockdown measures are further eased in Britain.

From Monday, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England as long as they observe social distancing as part of efforts to fight coronavirus.

As than two million clinically extremely vulnerable people who have been shielding since March are also allowed to spend time with others outdoors, questions have been raised about whether the Government is acting too soon.

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Mr Raab said: "This is a sensitive moment.

"We can't just stay in lockdown forever. We have got to transition."

Asked whether the lockdown will be tightened again if infection rates increase, Mr Raab told Sky News' Ridge on Sunday: "We will target, if there is any uptick, and it could be in a locality, it could be in a particular setting, we will target very carefully measures that would apply to it so that we can take these steps but also keep control of the virus."

Referring to a Government adviser, Mr Raab said: "As Jonathan Van-Tam ... has said, with a precarious moment we can ease up, we can protect life, but also livelihoods, get life back to something resembling normal, but we must monitor it very carefully,

"If there is any up-tick in the number of cases, if we stop making the progress I described, we will have to take further measures again and target the virus wherever it may appear."

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Tory MP Tom Tugendhat said he understands the public's frustrations over the Dominic Cummings situation.

Mr Cummings, the PM's key adviser, travelled from London to Durham with his wife and child during lockdown.

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Asked about Mr Cummings, Mr Tugendhat said: "Of course I'm side-stepping it, the reason I'm sidestepping it is because I'm not in government. I'm not going to answer for the Government, I'm not going to defend the Government in that way.

"The Prime Minister has made his decision. You know, you can see the effect of it, you don't need me to tell you, you can see how people have reacted to it and I've written to the people I'm privileged enough to represent to give them my views."

Asked what he told his constituents, Mr Tugendhat said: "I said I can understand the frustration but it is fundamentally up to the Prime Minister and it is going to be up to all of us to express our views."

Mr Raab told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show the easing of the lockown was needed.

He said: "The reason we can take the steps is that we have met our five tests. We have made progress.

"Because we have made that progress, steadily, slowly, surely, week in, week out, we can very gradually, very carefully, take the steps that we are taking tomorrow."