Coronavirus: Ease lockdown from JUNE: Ex-top civil servant Gus O’Donnell says ministers should use ‘wellbeing’ analysis to allow a Sweden-style ‘phased’ easing of the coronavirus restrictions by balancing quality of life against the death toll

Ease lockdown from JUNE: Ex-top civil servant Gus O’Donnell says ministers should use ‘wellbeing’ analysis to allow a Sweden-style ‘phased’ easing of the coronavirus restrictions by balancing quality of life against the death toll [LINK]

The coronavirus lockdown could be eased starting in June using ‘wellbeing’ analysis to relieve the paralysis that has crippled UK PLC, economists claim today.

Former Civil Service chief Gus O’Donnell is among those urging ministers to use quality of life measures balanced against the death toll to allow the UK to follow Sweden’s example of a gradual lifting of restrictions.

Economists from the London School of Economics published a new academic paper suggesting expanding on a system used by the NHS to guide medical treatment to other aspects of life, to work out when businesses and schools can reopen.

Their paper suggests that easing the lockdown any time from June 1 onwards would have a net positive result using their system – but earlier would have a negative impact.