UK Vaccines Minister: The last national lockdown

UK government continues to promise a measured approach which will be guided by data and science rather than economic needs

UK Vaccines Minister: The last national lockdown
  • Britons may need to wait until March 29 before traveling to visit their families
  • The priority remained getting children back to school on March 8
  • UK recently hit its first vaccination target of inoculating more than 15 million people by mid-February

The British government will adopt a “cautious” approach to lifting the UK’s latest COVID-19 lockdown, the country’s Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said today.

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The minister added that the Brits may still need to wait until March 29 before traveling to visit their families.

“I am confident that if we do this cautiously and we do it based on the data and evidence, it will be sustainable, and it will be the last time we enter a lockdown because of COVID-19,” Vaccines Minister said.

Asked about what measures were being planned, Zahawi said that families may still need to wait a month before traveling to meet outdoors – a move which would mark the end of the ‘stay at home’ and ‘stay local’ orders.

“If everything goes well… it is allowing two families to come together outdoors, or the rule of six, and it is a national rule rather than a regional or tiered rule,” the minister said.

Zahawi added that the priority remained getting children back to school on March 8 and allowing two people to meet up for a coffee in order to address issues relating to loneliness and mental health.

The minister’s comments come ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday regarding the roadmap out of the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown. Johnson is due to address lawmakers at 3.30pm and then the nation later in the evening.

The government continues to promise a measured approach which will be guided by data and science rather than economic needs.

The UK recently hit its first vaccination target of inoculating more than 15 million people by mid-February, a feat which has been touted as a major milestone in allowing parts of the economy to open up.

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