COVID-19: Still too early to talk about ending coronavirus restrictions amid ‘very, very high’ infection rates – PM | UK News

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Boris Johnson says it’s nonetheless too early to talk about ending coronavirus restrictions, with information studies suggesting pubs may have the ability to reopen by Could.

Downing Road has confirmed that it goals to vaccinate these aged over 50 and people aged 16 to 65 who’ve sure well being situations by Could.

And a few MPs have mentioned there could be little purpose to preserve restrictions as soon as these within the 9 precedence teams have been vaccinated.

However the prime minister mentioned on Friday night that it was “nonetheless early days” and folks ought to proceed to comply with the lockdown guidelines.

He mentioned: “I would like to stress that it’s nonetheless early days and we’ve rates of infection on this nation (which can be) nonetheless very, very excessive and (we’ve) extra individuals – virtually twice as many individuals – in our hospitals with COVID now than there have been again on the peak in April.”

He additionally promised to announce a “regular programme for starting to unlock” in simply over two weeks’ time.

In the meantime, there may be hypothesis about when pubs may reopen, with The Solar saying they could possibly be allowed to serve takeaway pints in April earlier than totally reopening in Could.

The Telegraph mentioned the potential of dry pubs was being thought of to permit reopening in April, an concept that was denied by a senior authorities supply.

They instructed the PA information company: “We’re not going to open pubs that may’t promote booze. What could be the purpose of that?”

One other concern on the horizon is the potential of vaccine passports to permit those that have been vaccinated to journey abroad as early as this summer time.

Some nations have already mentioned they are going to permit extra freedom for these travellers who can show they’ve acquired the jab and International Workplace minister James Cleverly mentioned the federal government would “assist facilitate” coronavirus immunity passports if they’re required by locations overseas.

The prime minister’s workplace and Well being Secretary Matt Hancock, nonetheless, have mentioned vaccine passports aren’t at present into consideration, though Mr Hancock mentioned they’d be stored “below evaluate”.

It comes as figures present that just about 11 million individuals have acquired their first vaccine dose.

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On Friday it was introduced that there have been an extra 19,114 confirmed instances of COVID-19, in contrast to 20,634 yesterday and 29,079 per week in the past.

One other 1,014 individuals died after testing constructive for the virus, in contrast to 1,245 final Friday.

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