Boris Johnson has hinted that the nation might see a final end to lockdown restrictions on June 21 – but warned we won’t know for sure for a few days.
He said today that there is currently no “conclusive” evidence that could deviate from the roadmap, despite concerns about the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister has warned that the increase in cases of the highly transferable variant of the concern risks delaying the next phase of the UK roadmap out of the lockdown, which is currently slated for June 21.
If the outbreaks are limited, ministers could instead push ahead with reopening and restrict some areas in line with the controversial tiered system introduced in 2020.
However, the Prime Minister said the “defensive wall” put up by the vaccination program meant “I don’t see anything meaningful at the moment to say we have to deviate from the roadmap”.
He added: “We have to be careful and we are watching everything very closely.
“We’ll know a lot more in a few days.”
Mr Johnson said data from hotspots like Bolton, Blackburn, Bedford and Sefton were being examined to find out more about the effects of the variant.
When asked if local locks could be used, Mr Johnson said, “We just have to be careful how we approach it and we will let people know as much as we can as soon as possible.”
“But at the moment we don’t see anything meaningful that makes us think we have to deviate from the roadmap.”