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COVID-19: no early lifting of restrictions with July 19 still as “target date”, confirms the new Secretary of Health Sajid Javid | Politics News

Coronavirus restrictions will not be lifted early on July 5, the new health secretary confirmed, but Sajid Javid told MPs he saw “no reason” for the measures to last beyond July 19 .

In his first statement to the Commons since taking over Matt hancock, Mr. Javid told MPs that although ministers have decided not to advance the fourth step of England’s roadmap on COVID-19 restrictions, things are looking good for July 19.

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“We see no reason to go beyond July 19,” he said.

Mr Javid said no date to ease restrictions was risk-free and the UK must “learn to live with” the virus.

“We also know that people and businesses need certainty, so we want every step to be irreversible. Make no mistake, the restrictions on our freedoms must end,” he continued.

“We owe it to the British people who have sacrificed so much to restore their freedoms as quickly as possible and not to wait a moment longer than necessary.

“With the numbers heading in the right direction, as we protect more and more people every day, July 19 remains our target date.

“The Prime Minister called it our“ end date. ”For me, July 19 is not just the end of the line, but the start of an exciting new journey for our country.

“At this crucial time in the response to this pandemic, we must keep our resolve and maintain our road map to freedom so that together we can defeat this pandemic and build back better.”

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