Coronavirus: Boris Johnson to announce roadmap out of lockdown on February 22
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a roadmap out of the current restrictions on February 22.
Home Office minister Victoria Atkins said the Prime Minister will make a statement to the House of Commons in ten days’ time.
She said next week will be “critical” to gather data on the pandemic in the UK, while urging UK residents to continue following safety rules.
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“I totally understand people wish to start thinking about sunnier climes or thinking about their holidays within the UK. But just at this point in time, we have just got to keep tight and continue all that we are trying to do to bring the pandemic under control,” she told Sky News.
“We have to be led by the data on this… We have got to take this step by step… We want to move out of lockdown but we have got to do it at a safe pace.”
The government is on track to offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 15mln in the top four priority groups – frontline NHS and care staff, care home residents, over 70s, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – by February 15.
As of next week, the authorities will invite over-65s to set appointments, according to media reports.
They will be followed by all people over 16 with underlying health conditions, over 60s, over 55s and over 50s.
The goal is to offer a jab to the first nine priority groups by May.
Cases are falling across the UK but the infection levels remain high, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In the week to February 6, 1 in 10 people had COVID-19 in England, 1 in 85 in Wales, 1 in 75 in Northern Ireland and in 150 in Scotland, but the percentage of people testing positive decreased in all four nations.