PM to confirm further easing of Covid restrictions from May 17

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm that the next phase of easing easing in England will go as planned and the measures will take effect in a week.

Step three of the lockdown roadmap is expected to begin May 17 after the government announced the latest data confirms its four tests to ease Covid-19 restrictions have been met.

Ministers will hold a meeting on Monday morning to agree on the next measures, which could allow the rule of six or a group of up to two households indoors.

The government said the latest data suggests easing restrictions from May 17 is unlikely to risk a resurgence of infections.

Mr Johnson will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to confirm the further easing of restrictions.

He said, “The data reflects what we already knew – we are not going to let this virus beat us.

“The roadmap remains on track, our successful vaccination program continues – more than two-thirds of adults in the UK have now received the first vaccine – and we can now look forward to carefully but irreversibly unlocking it.

“Because of the unwavering commitment of the UK public, we are saving lives, protecting the NHS and controlling the virus.”

It comes after Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the government wanted to “reestablish” family and friends from May 17.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr. Gove said, “As we get closer to the third leg of our roadmap, we will see people able to meet indoors.

“And without prejudice to a broader review of social distancing, it is also so that friendly contact, intimate contact between friends and family is something we want to restore.”

More than 50 million doses of vaccine have been given in the UK as the government said it was on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

About 35.2 million people have now received at least one dose, and 17.2 million people have received both doses.

The government said infection rates are at their lowest level since September, and hospital admissions and patients continue to decline or are at low levels in some areas, similar to last July.

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