Government ministers are expected to reconsider plans to completely end Covid’s lockdown in England on June 21st.
A partial end to the restrictions is now expected due to fears about the spread of the Indian variant and the hospitals that have come under pressure. reports the mirror.
The roadmap would potentially allow hundreds of people to party and reopen nightclubs in just a few weeks.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, however, warned the government not to “cautiously” decide whether it can press ahead with easing restrictions in England as planned.
“We have to be careful. We have to look at the data and share it with the country, “he told the BBC.” Are we still vaccinating on a large scale? Big tick. Are the vaccines working? Yes.
“But are the infection rates too high for us not to be able to continue because too many people are going to the hospital? I don’t know the answer to that. Hopefully we’ll know by June 14th. “
The continued spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus has led experts to argue that restrictions should remain in place until more people have received both doses of a vaccine.
The hospital’s chief Chris Hopson called for a more informed debate on the proposed lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact.
The NHS Providers executive director said hospitals are currently coping with the burden of Covid, but other people postponing treatment are now coming forward.
“We know that this variant is much more transmissible and that many more people need a vaccination,” he told the BBC.