U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps led the country's briefing on Saturday on the COVID-19 outbreak, outlining a program that was being developed to prepare the transport network for the role it will play as they move into the next stage of the pandemic.

Shapps announced £2 billion to put cycling and walking at the forefront of its transport policy, including a national cycling plan to be published in June to help double the number of people cycling, and increase walking, by 2025.

The secretary also said there were "swift emergency plans" to have pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements for pedestrians, and cycle and bus-only streets put in place.

The U.K. reported 346 new deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 31,587 as of 5 p.m. local time Friday. The country also had 3,896 new cases, bringing the total to 215,260.

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