When will lockdown end is the question on everyone’s lips, and now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed some restrictions could be lifted in three weeks.
Mr Johnson was out and about this morning and gave encouragement to millions who have endured lockdown since Christmas.
Mr Johnson reveals when lockdown will end
The Prime Minister told reporters that he was “looking at the potential of relaxing some measures” by mid-February.
He said: “I do think now this massive achievement has been made of rolling out this vaccination programme.
“I think people want to see us making sure we don’t throw that away by having a premature relaxation and then another big surge of infection.”
Mr Johnson’s comments come after infection rates fell by 22.3 per cent in the last seven days.
Currently, over 6,300,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine.
What did he say about schools?
However, Mr Johnson stopped short of giving a date for when kids could go back to school amid reports that some Conservative MPs are demanding an exit plan.
“Schools obviously will be a priority,” he said, “but I don’t think anybody would want to see the restrictions lifted so quickly while the rate of infection is still very high so as to lead to another great spread of infection.”
“I understand why people want to get a timetable from me today, what I can tell you is we’ll tell you, tell parents, tell teachers as much as we can as soon as we can,” he added.
New strain “more deadly”
Last week, Mr Johnson held a sombre press conference where he addressed the nation.
In it, he revealed that the new strain of coronavirus “may be” more “deadly” than first thought.
“In addition to spreading more quickly, there is some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,” he told the nation.
He added: “So it’s more important than ever that we all remain vigilant in following the rules.”
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