The Interior Minister has refused to rule out an extension of the lockdown in Engand until March.
Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street Thursday (January 21), Priti Patel said it was “too early to talk about any other measures at all”.
Northern Ireland has confirmed the lockdown will be extended until March 5th.
Ms. Patel told the press conference: “Regarding lockdown measures, you heard the numbers today. We are in the middle of a global pandemic.
“It’s too early to even talk about other measures.”
The announcement of a four-week extension to Northern Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown was made earlier today as transmission rates are slowly falling and new, more contagious variants worry Stormont ministers.
After Christmas, an extended shutdown began that closed non-essential retailers, closed schools to most students, and encouraged staff to work from home. It should end next month.
Ultimately, curbs may not be lifted until Easter.
In the case of England, the Home Secretary added that it was “far too early” to speculate about future restrictions when asked whether people should book a vacation abroad this summer.
When asked if the UK could keep its borders closed to people outside the UK until the fall, she said, “Our focus on borders and travel should of course not be on travel (now) unless it is absolute critical and essential. ”
She said the government’s focus remains on the vaccine delivery.
She added, “We have strict measures (at the border) for a very good reason because we want to protect the health of the public and ensure we can run and secure this world-leading vaccine rollout program. ”