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LOCKDOWN EASING: Prime Minister is confident current data suggests unlocking on June 21 can go ahead

LOCKDOWN EASING: Prime Minister is confident current data suggests unlocking on June 21 can go ahead

Published 02-06-21


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there is still “nothing in the data at the moment that means we cannot go ahead with Step 4” of lifting coronavirus restrictions.

“But we’ve got to be so cautious,” he added, as he said infection rates were increasing.

“We always knew that was going to happen,” the Prime Minister said, adding: “What we need to work out is to what extent the vaccination programme has protected enough of us, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, against a new surge, and there I’m afraid the data is still ambiguous.

“The best the scientists can say at the moment is we just need to give it a little bit longer.”

The Figures

A total of 153,229 deaths have now occurred in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

The highest number of deaths to occur on a single day was 1,477 on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 deaths on April 8 2020.

Zero deaths

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said recording zero deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday June 1 was “promising” but urged the public not to be complacent.

Speaking to LBC radio, he said: “It shows that the enormous sacrifices of the British people are starting to really deliver.

“The fact that the British people have gone out there with verve and gusto and actually got vaccinated when so many other nations have not had that same level of take-up is a real credit.

“It is promising what we’ve seen in terms of zero deaths but we can’t be complacent.

“We continue to be careful and we’ve got to make sure we continue to get vaccinated.”

Mr Williamson added that was a sense in Government that there had been “really promising progress” towards scrapping all restrictions on June 21, adding: “You’re right to say it is about data, not dates, but the vaccines are having an impact in terms of actually reducing transmission, reducing the number of people in hospital and it is these factors that are going to guide the decision.”

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