THIS week the government is set to reveal its "comprehensive plan' on how to restart the economy, reopen schools and help people travel to work.

The clarity of a government plan is welcome - but I remain very cautious about unlocking.

I wrote recently, in one of these columns, it was too early to consider a lockdown lift and we shouldn't do so until it is safe. And from the comments of many readers I read, it is obvious there is a split.

There are those that say it will never be fully safe, so it is time to just accept the risk and get back to some kind of normal life.

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Others - and I am more of this opinion - believe the lockdown we are currently in needs to continue.

Here is the big issue. Some experts say at least 90 per cent of the population have not had coronavirus, cautioning many who think they have had it will in fact have had something else.

They may be wrong on the figure, but the scientific community and common sense would say the vast majority of people have not had Covid-19.

And that's the problem, you exit lockdown, cases would go back up, deaths would happen - the dreaded second wave.

We are already the second worst country in the world for the number of deaths, with hundreds more announced every day. We haven't beaten this.

There is now talk about the 'R' number - how many people, on average, will be infected for every one person who has the disease.

We have worked hard to lower that number, great news. But the deadly virus itself hasn't changed - it remains three times more infectious than flu.

I accept though lockdown can be a killer in itself and particularly suffering are the poorest in society, desperate to get back earning.

For me, right now, we can't leave lockdown. But when we reach that point I would want to see all ways to ensure safety, and preventing the second wave, explored.

For instance could there be more flexibility in working and school hours, with the aim to reduce numbers in the traditional rush hour?

And certainty businesses that have people working from home should continue to get them to do so.

The reality is, apart from a vaccine, there is no easy answer or way this ends.