Boris Johnson cautious on easing UK’s lockdown amid plan to reopen this month

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Wednesday he can be cautious in lifting restrictions as it’s nonetheless unclear how protected the inhabitants can be in opposition to a brand new surge of Covid-19 circumstances ought to lockdown finish as deliberate in June.

Johnson has beforehand warned that the swift unfold of the B.1.617.2 variant of concern first recognized in India might derail his plans to finish England’s Covid restrictions on 21 June.

On Wednesday he stated there was nothing within the present knowledge to counsel that date must be pushed again, however he couldn’t decide to a 21 June reopening both.

“I can see nothing within the knowledge in the meanwhile which means we will not go forward with step 4, or the opening up on June twenty first, however we have to be so cautious,” he advised reporters.


“What we have to work out is to what extent the vaccination programme has protected sufficient of us, notably the aged and weak in opposition to a brand new surge, and there I am afraid the information is simply nonetheless ambiguous.”

Johnson stated {that a} latest rise in circumstances after the newest easing of restrictions was anticipated, including that he had been in lengthy conferences every day trying on the knowledge with science advisors.

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The present steerage from scientists was they wanted extra time for knowledge on the impression of the variant, now often called the Delta variant, to accrue, Johnson stated.

The roadmap for reopening England from lockdown included 5 week intervals between steps so the impression of every step to ease restrictions could possibly be assessed earlier than the subsequent step was taken.

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