All UK travel restrictions due to end in weeks, Hancock says

Matt Hancock said tonight he had “no doubt” that people will be free to travel around the UK in the coming weeks.

The Health Secretary told the recent Downing Street press conference: “I am very much looking forward to the lifting of all travel restrictions within the UK.

“We have determined when the UK restrictions will be lifted and will be making the stay home message part of the roadmap.

“I have no doubt that everyone will be able to travel across the UK in a few weeks, as long as we can continue this progress.

“Both progress in the UK vaccination effort and control of the number of cases.”

He also said vaccines “stay on track” and that he “has increased confidence” that the nation will be able to “walk down the rope set out on the road map”.

Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, he said, “It’s a cautious, but hopefully irreversible, path, and the effectiveness of the vaccine that Dr. Ramsay unveiled today gives me more confidence that we will be able to walk the stepped rope down the road map.

“We can see the vaccines are keeping people safe and saving lives and we are on the right track on the vaccine side. We have seen cases go down. Critically, we see that the number of hospitalizations and deaths has fallen very sharply. This is good news for all of us. “

Meanwhile, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the upcoming launch of a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic was “an additional burden that was unnecessary”.

“I think the timing of the investigation is entirely up to ministers and politicians, not doctors,” he said in a briefing on Downing Street.

“Would an inquiry be an undesirable distraction for me personally if I am very focused on the vaccination program and program that we might need in the fall?” Who knows, I think it would be an extra burden that wasn’t necessary.

“Looking back at what you’ve done, and if you could do things better, is a function of medicine in terms of the clinical audit that is going on in every GP practice and NHS trust across the country? Yes it is.

“Are the lessons learned in due course? I am sure that there will be lessons to be learned from this. “

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