England is on its own in the coronavirus fight as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all slammed Boris Johnson's 'stay alert' advice with the 'four nations' approach having fallen apart.

The Prime Minister has dropped his stricter message as he unveiled his plans to ease the lockdown on Sunday evening alongside a fresh slogan - despite the latest UK death toll sitting at 435.

Leaders of all the devolved nations have rejected his new advice amid criticism that the latest slogan is unclear.

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has joined Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon and Wales' Mark Drakeford in distancing herself from England's approach to fighting the killer bug's spread.

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Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster is the latest leader to reject the PM's stance

Following Mr Johnson's speech at the daily address to the nation, Mrs Foster said her region will not adopt the slogan, echoing the stances of her Scottish and Irish counterparts.

The Stormont Executive will meet on Monday to consider its plan for a phased, strategic approach to recovery at its meeting ahead of outlining its own road map this week.

It comes as Mr Johnson announced a "conditional plan" to reopen society as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

This includes staff in certain non-essential sectors being encouraged to work, an ability to sunbathe in parks and a "road map" to the hospitality industry potentially opening up in July.

First minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford has also said his region will be sticking to the old slogan

However, these remarks only apply to England as the devolved governments have control over which restrictions are in place.

Mr Drakeford said the "stay home" message has not changed in Wales while Mrs Sturgeon said it is "incumbent" on the Prime Minister to clarify that his easing of coronavirus restrictions only applies to England.

Speaking to a BBC Scotland news special, she said: "It's just a statement of fact and of the law, that with the exception of Boris Johnson's comments about border control, pretty much everything he said in his statement applied to England.

"My job is to take decisions based on the data for Scotland and my judgment now in the immediate term - that with the one exception I outlined today that people can now exercise outside as often as they want as long as they can comply by the social distancing rules - the way to suppress this virus now is to continue to stay at home, except for exercise, foods and medicine or if you're doing essential work that you can't do from home."

Nicola Sturgeon believes it is crucial Johnson makes clear the new advice is for England only

Ms Sturgeon was also asked whether Mr Johnson's referral to himself as the UK Prime Minister would make "life difficult" in letting the public know which restrictions remain in place in Scotland.

She said: "These restrictions are legally in place separately in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and therefore we have a duty to take decisions in our own jurisdictions about the speed at which we lift those.

"I think it is incumbent on him, perhaps a bit more strongly than he did tonight, to stress that when he is talking about lifting these restrictions, he is talking for England."

Ms Sturgeon also reinforced the "stay at home" message after the UK Government moved to a "stay alert" message.

She said: "We really all of us have such a duty right now to be as clear as possible and I think, having just watched the Prime Minister, I think there is perhaps still some room for just simpler, clearer messages."

Boris Johnson's latest lockdown slogan has been criticised as unclear

It was also revealed by the First Minister that the R number - which is the rate of transmission - was between 0.7 and 1.

Speaking earlier at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said she "remained committed" to working with the other nations of the UK on the virus.

The First Minister said that the other nations of the UK should not be hearing about plans through the newspapers, referencing her discovery of the new messaging issued by the UK Government on Sunday.

Reports surfaced on Saturday night that the slogan "stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives" would be dropped in favour of "stay alert, control the virus, save lives".

In a tweet on Sunday morning, the First Minister said she was made aware of the change through Sunday newspapers.

She claimed a lack of consultation on messaging which could potentially be confused as being UK-wide made it harder to work together.

Ms Sturgeon said: "What does make a four nations approach more difficult to sustain is if decisions are being taken and, even inadvertently, being taken as UK decisions when they are not without proper consultation.

"That's what I think is difficult and what I hope we will not see in the future, where we can get back to a position where we're sharing our thinking where even if we're doing things slightly differently, we understand each other's position and don't end up inadvertently confusing each other's messages."

The First Minister asked the UK Government not to deploy the new messaging in Scotland, and told the briefing that the respective communications departments are currently in discussions.

Similarly, speaking to BBC Northern Ireland radio on Sunday, Mrs Foster said: "On the whole, the message is to stay at home. We will say we are not deviating from the message at this time."

"It is important for people to know we are not doing this in a nanny state way. Once we can move, we will move."

Members of the public take to Brighton and Hove Promenade over May Bank, despite the lockdown

While Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said the decisions the Executive will take in the days and weeks ahead "are some of the biggest we will ever have to make".

She said: "We know that six weeks into the restrictions, people need some light at the end of the tunnel.

"We also know that recovery will only happen one step at a time, to do otherwise risks undermining the sacrifices people have already made and increases the risk of a second spike in the future."

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has told Mr Johnson the new slogan is "a nonsense".

Prior to the PM's speech, he tweeted: "Just spoke to?@BorisJohnson?about the address he will make tonight. I made it clear that his new 'Stay Alert' message is a nonsense.

"I also stressed the need for a cautious plan to move beyond full lockdown. That plan has to include a proper all Ireland testing and tracing system."

Deputy Alliance Party leader Stephen Farry also criticised the new slogan.

He tweeted: "Just off a cross-party call with PM. Expressed our concerns with 'Stay Alert' message, both in terms of substance and mixing the message across UK.

"Also asked that future of economic measures reflects different circumstances across UK. Plus reinforced need for Brexit extension."

Mrs Foster said there may be slight differences to how the lockdown measures are eased across the UK, but warned that Northern Ireland's would be nuanced.

Northern Ireland's reproductive rate (R0) - the number of people an infected person infects - is currently at 0.8.

Mrs Foster said that is higher than some areas in England and it needs to be driven down before the region can move to relax measures.

Speaking on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she said: "We will be looking at some nuanced changes throughout that time and we will await to hear what the Prime Minister has to say today.

"But I think, in terms of the Northern Ireland public, it is important that we continue to protect them and make sure this virus does not start transmitting again in the community in a way that would cause damage to the community."

Mrs Foster said the lockdown could be eased in different regions as Northern Ireland's rate of transmission is higher than other regions in the UK.

"Sage, and indeed our own chief medical officer, do indeed recognise that there are different rates of transmission across the United Kingdom," she said.

"There are differences across the UK, regional differences; I think the Prime Minister recognises those regional differences and, as a result, you may see slight differences across the UK."

Asked if it is a good idea that the lockdown could be re-applied to different regions if required, she said it is important that Northern Ireland moves in cohesion with the rest of the UK.

"It is important that we do what is right in our region of the United Kingdom moving forward. That is why we are coming with our road plan early next week.

"It will set out how we can take graduated steps back to what will be a different normality."

On Sunday, another five Covid-19 deaths were reported in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said, taking total fatalities to 435.

A further 41 positive cases were also diagnosed, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 4,119.