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LONDON – Boris Johnson said there was “nothing in the data at the moment” suggesting England’s full exit from lockdown restrictions on Jan.
“Right now I can’t see anything in the data, which means we can’t move on to step four or the June 21 opening, but we have to be so careful,” the UK Prime Minister told reporters.
“What we need to find out is to what extent the vaccination program has adequately protected us, especially older and vulnerable people, from a new surge, and unfortunately the data is still ambiguous.”
Johnson, pressured by his own MPs to press ahead with easing restrictions later this month, admitted that the number of infections in the UK is rising. However, he said the government “always knew this was going to happen” as the rules for indoor mixing are being relaxed.
A small spike in cases related to the spread of the higher transmissible variant first identified in India, now known as the Delta, has led some scholars to postpone the final stage of the UK government’s roadmap for unblocking with a final decision to demand decision due on 14.06.
On Tuesday, the UK announced zero COVID-19 deaths for the first time since the pandemic began.
John Bell, a government advisor and Regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, told BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday that he was “encouraged” by the latest data on infections and hospital admissions.
He added, “If we scurry down a rabbit hole every time we see a new variant, we’ll be huddled together for a long time.”
The prime minister has been urged by his own party to give the green light to the final phase of easing the lockdown and lift any legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet.
Former Cabinet Secretary John Redwood told the Times he would be “very surprised if they change course,” while Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, insisted on the same paper, “The remaining restrictions on social distancing may will be canceled as planned on June 21st. “
Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of Education, previously told LBC Radio that the government felt it was “promising progress” to lift all restrictions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned more cautiously on Tuesday, warning, “We haven’t beaten this virus yet and as cases continue to rise, please think of your hands, face, space and let in fresh air indoors, of course, make sure.” that you both get jabs if you can. “
Hancock spoke ahead of a G7 health ministers meeting on Wednesday, where he struck another blow at the poor preparation allegations that Johnson’s former top adviser Dominic Cummings brought against him and the broader UK government last week.
Hancock said, “We had to act quickly, embrace change and learn from our mistakes quickly, and get the best people around the table – the best team I’ve ever been on.”