Ministers tasked with reviewing the UK's coronavirus lockdown should let young people go out first, say experts.

Britain is in week three of lockdown to halt the spread of cases, with the government warning we are not yet "at the stage" where it could be lifted.

Today the government launched a UK a "stay at home this Easter" campaign to remind people not to flout the rules this weekend.

The Cobra committee will look at evidence from scientists on the impact of measures brought in on March 23 today, before making an announcement on the lockdown guidelines next week.

Scientists are suggesting that when social rules are relaxed, 20-30-year-olds who no longer live with their parents should be released first, adding that this would help avoid an "extraordinary recession."

Sun bathing is against lockdown rules, it was announced last weekend

It is argued the 2.6 million young adults who work in the private sector could give the economy a boost and save future jobs when people return to work.

University of Warwick researchers have written their findings in a paper called 'The case for releasing the young from lockdown: A briefing paper for policymakers.'

They note younger people are statistically less likely to die from coronavirus but accept this approach could lead to more overall deaths.

However they point out young adults may become restless and may end up restless and flouting lockdown restrictions - risking public safety anyway.

Those living with their parents or other older adults would need to remain in lockdown to avoid bringing coronavirus into the house.

This plan would leave older adults to return to ordinary life in a staggered way, using antibody tests to identify those who had already recovered from Covid-19.

Members of the public walk out of the Stratford Centre on April 7 – they are only allowed out for essentials or daily exercise

Speaking about the proposal, economist and behavioural scientist Andrew Oswald, from the University of Warwick, said: "The rationale for lockdown is to save lives in the short-to-medium-term.

"However, severe damage is being done to the economy, future incomes, unemployment rates, levels of national debt and the freedoms we enjoy as a modern society.

"Before long, some balance will have to be struck."

Behavioural economist Nick Powdthavee of the Warwick Business School, added: "We support the existing lockdown strategy, but in the future it will be necessary to allow citizens to go back to some kind of normal life.

"Unless a vaccine is suddenly discovered there are no risk-free or painless ways forward.

"If this policy were enacted, there would still be tragic cases and some pressure on the NHS, but the effects would be far smaller than if the wider population were released.

Police are patrolling across the UK to catch anyone flouting the rules

"It could allow our society and economy to move forward in the footsteps of the young, while allowing older workers to share the economic rewards by providing supervision, mentoring, and managerial assistance electronically."

It is unclear when the Government will announce changes or extend lockdown measures.

Government sources stressed earlier that a formal review of the lockdown may not happen on Monday but would be around that date.

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