Coronavirus restrictions are “unlikely” to be lifted early on July 5, a minister told Sky News.
Asked about the prospect that the government will act sooner to suppress COVID-19[female[feminine measures, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he would “err on the side of caution” and “look to July 19”.
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“It could be before, but I think it’s unlikely. In general, we have respected the dates that we have set,” he said.
“I think now I’m very focused on July 19th.”
When he announced a four week postponement the fourth step of England’s roadmap out of lockdown – pushing it back from June 21 to July 19 – Boris Johnson said a review would take place on July 5 to see if action could be taken sooner.
Mr Kwarteng’s comments come after a vaccine expert told Sky News that the UK could open “as soon as possible” thanks to the large number of people vaccinated.
Brendan Wren, professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said having more than 81% of the adult population with a first coronavirus vaccine and 59% with both doses is “very encouraging.”
When asked if the success of the vaccination program meant England would not need to wait until July 19 to fully open up, he said: “We will always have to be vigilant – but vigilance and vaccination are the two words.
“So I think if the numbers continue to look promising, I think there is great hope that we can open on July 5th.”
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