Boris Johnson ruled out releasing coronavirus restrictions in England before at least February 15.
The Prime Minister spoke at a press conference on Downing Street on Friday (January 22) on topics such as the vaccination program and the new variants of Covid-19.
Mr Johnson said the current restrictions are “the right package of measures to address the new variant,” adding that public compliance with these regulations is “the key”.
He added, “We cannot consider unlocking until we are certain that the vaccination program is working until we are certain that we have no new variants or changes in our understanding of the virus.”
“I think the most important thing is that we are in a position where the infection rate of the virus is not that high yet and it is very high right now.
“So, to unlock, only to lead to another big rebound, I think that would be the wrong thing, the wrong way to approach that.”
Mr Johnson said there is evidence that the new UK variant of the coronavirus may be linked to higher death rates, adding, “I have to tell you this afternoon that we were informed today that it is not just spreading faster , but now also appears there is evidence that the new variant, first identified in London and the South East, may be linked to higher mortality rates. “
He added that the most important way to get a grip on infection numbers is to get the public to adhere to lockdown rules.
When asked why no stricter rules have been introduced to combat the Kent variant of Covid, he said at a press conference on Downing Street: “We are enforcing the law with increasing severity.
“We’re going to do it, we’re going to enforce the law to make sure people don’t engage in activities that mean mass transmission of the disease or significant transmission of the disease.”
“But the important thing is that we all watch, do the right thing, and avoid transmission.
“This is far more effective and effective in stopping the transmission of this virus than police operations or new government laws.”