Prime Minister to publish roadmap for cautiously easing COVID restrictions

first_imgPrime Minister to publish roadmap for cautiously easing COVID restrictions The Prime Minister will today set out the government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England.Cabinet will meet virtually this morning to discuss the plan, the Prime Minister will give a statement to Parliament in the afternoon, and host a televised press conference in the evening.He will set out the latest data on infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths, as well as early data showing the efficacy of vaccines.The roadmap for leaving lockdown, which will be published on gov.uk on Monday, will seek to balance health, economic and social factors with the very latest epidemiological data and advice.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:Today I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously. Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe.We have therefore set four key tests which must be met before we can move through each step of the plan.The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous easements. This assessment will be based on four tests which are that:The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.The four tests are currently being met so the first step will proceed from 8 March, at which point the top four priority cohorts for vaccinations – as determined by the independent JCVI – will have received a degree of immunity, three weeks after being offered their first dose.Due to the current, relatively uniform spread of the virus across the country, restrictions will be eased step-by-step across the whole of England at the same time.The roadmap seeks to balance between social and economic impacts, whilst preserving the health and safety of the country.Outdoor settings are known to be lower risk than indoor, so outdoor activities will be opened earlier than indoor ones.MPs will have an opportunity to vote on the regulations that will enable this roadmap in Parliament in the coming weeks.We continue to work closely with the Devolved Administrations as we have throughout the pandemic. They are setting out approaches for easing for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Boris Johnson, children, conference, education, Government, health and safety, infection, Ireland, lockdown, Minister, pandemic, parliament, Prime Minister, Scotland, UK, UK Government, Vaccines, wellbeinglast_img read more