Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday raised the possibility of the UK going ahead with its planned roadmap to end lockdown restrictions from 21 June as he said there was nothing in the data to suggest a delay would be necessary.
Speaking at 10 Downing Street, he cautioned because there are clear indications that infection rates have increased from the so-called delta version of COVID-19, a highly transmissible mutation first identified in India, and some scientists fear . There may be early signs of a third wave of the pandemic in the UK.
“I can’t see anything in the data at this time, that means we cannot proceed with phase four of the inauguration on June 21,” Johnson said.
But we have to be so cautious because there is no question of ONS [Office for National Statistics] The infection rate figures are increasing. We always knew this was going to happen. Don’t forget that we have always said that the steps we have taken will lead to an increase in infections, he said.
His remarks came as the National Health Service (NHS) released the latest vaccination figures, which show that half of all adults in England are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and three- The fourth has received the first dose.
We need to determine the extent to which the vaccination program has provided adequate protection to those of us, especially the elderly and vulnerable, against a new surge. There, I’m afraid, the data is still fuzzy and so every day we’re doing long sessions where we’re querying all the data, we’re looking at all the different models, Johnson said.
“And the best that scientists can say under our guidance at this time is that we need to give this a little more time,” he said.
In recent days, the UK prime minister has faced increasing calls from various sections of experts and scientists to delay the complete easing of lockdown restrictions due to the continued spread of the delta variant.
On Tuesday, the UK recorded zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since last year and launched a call from members of Johnson’s own Conservative Party to not derail the lockdown roadmap.
June 21 will mark the fourth and final phase of the government’s roadmap for easing coronavirus rules called “Independence Day” as all legal limits on social interaction are to be removed.
Johnson acknowledged that waiting for a clear answer would be “disappointing” for those ahead of phase four of their roadmap, a deadline hospitality venues have been eagerly waiting for.
On Wednesday, the UK recorded another 4,330 infections and another 12 coronavirus deaths.
Sir John Bell, a professor of medicine at the University of Oxford and part of the government’s vaccine taskforce, told the BBC the UK’s “numbers are not very intimidating” and he was “encouraged” by what he saw. However, he added that the government is taking “a wise approach” to be cautious before making its decision.
“I think we need to keep an eye on hospitalizations, serious illness and deaths, which is what we’re really trying to manage,” he said.
“If we go down a rabbit hole every time we see a new version, we’re going to spend a long time, so we need to strike a little balance between the discussion and the serious illness we’re trying to make.” So, keep your eye on it. To stop,” he said.
A final decision on whether the restrictions will be relaxed will be taken on June 14.
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