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COVID-19: Boris Johnson Says ‘Caution Is Absolutely Vital’ Ahead of Nationwide Lockdown Lift Speech | UK News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said “caution is absolutely vital” as he prepares to address the nation on Monday to announce whether the final step in lifting coronavirus restrictions can take place.

The PM is expected to confirm that England can take the fourth step on the government’s roadmap to come out of lockdown, but also warn “the global pandemic is not over yet” and that virus cases will increase as that the rules will be relaxed.

Mr Johnson will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to brief the public on whether the easing of restrictions will go as planned on July 19.

Two people wearing masks in front of a social distancing sign in Regent Street, London, following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England.  Rates of Covid-19 cases are increasing in more parts of the UK than at any time since early January.  Photo date: Monday, June 7, 2021.
Earlier this month Boris Johnson said social distancing would end as the government moves to step four on its out-of-lockdown roadmap for England

And the new health secretary, Sajid Javid, will announce the plans to parliament.

Ahead of the announcement, the prime minister said: “We are very close to the last step in our roadmap to get out of lockdown, but the plan to restore our freedoms must come with a warning.

“While the phenomenal vaccine rollout has offered every adult some protection against the virus, and the crucial link between cases, hospitalizations and deaths is weakened, the global pandemic is not yet over.

“Cases will increase as we unlock, so as we confirm our plans today, our message will be clear.

“Caution is absolutely vital, and we all need to take responsibility so that we don’t undo our progress, making sure we continue to protect our NHS.”

The government said whether or not unlocking would depend on four key tests: the success of the vaccination rollout; reduced hospitalizations and deaths thanks to the vaccine; that infection rates are unlikely to increase hospitalizations; and that no new variant of concern impedes progress.

Close-up of face masks on the production line at the Detmold PPE production plant in Brompton, Adelaide on Monday, June 22, 2020. The new Adelaide plant manufactures and has produced medical grade face masks in the past over a million.  (AAP Image / David Mariuz) NO ARCHIVING ** STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY *
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