The two metre rule in force since March (Photo: REUTERS)

With the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK at 41,000, the government is continuing with its plans to take the country into a second phase.

From Monday the 15th. In June, after the opening of many schools, non-essential shops will be reopened and it was recently announced that single adults can meet someone who lives alone at home, which is a bubble of support.

If the restrictions are slowly lifted, will the 2-metre social distance rule be relaxed?

Where does the two meter rule come from?

The United Kingdom – together with Canada and Spain – still operates under the two-metre social distance rule.

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It is believed that this is the safest distance to keep in order to prevent the virus from spreading, an idea that goes back to research in the 1930s.

Scientists have discovered that droplets of liquid emitted when coughing or sneezing quickly evaporate into the air or fall to the ground.

Their hypothesis is that most of these drops would land within a radius of one or two meters.

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It was restored thanks to a report published in the Lancet Medical Journal.

Scientists have estimated the latest data on the spread of the coronavirus and have calculated that the risk of infection at less than one metre is 13%, but only 3% for distances above this distance.

Each additional metre of distance up to three metres reduces the risk by half.

Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that one metre or three feet is sufficient for safety, the United Kingdom has complied with the two metre rule since mid-March.

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Does the 2 meter rule change?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to keep the two meter rule for social distance under constant review, following pressure from some MPs and those in the hotel industry who fear that the two meter rule will make it impossible to open up certain industries.

Although it is feared that this is less certain, many countries already work with less than two meters of social exclusion.

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Many shops are being reopened as the UK enters the second phase of the coronavirus (Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Pictures).

In China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Lithuania and Singapore they work according to the rule of one meter social distance.

South Korea follows the 1.4 meter rule.

Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal follow at 1.5 metres and the United States at 1.8 metres.

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