After saying the current lockdown is ‘irreversible’ Boris Johnson appeared to change his story just moments later.
‘No guarantee’ this lockdown will be the last says Prime Minister: In an interview on Monday he said restrictions would be lifted in a “cautious but irreversible way”. He also repeated this at the daily press conference. However, at the same conference just moments later, he appeared to make a U turn. Asked if this lockdown will be the last he replied “No, I can’t give that guarantee, of course not, because we’re battling with nature, with a disease that is capable of mutating and changing.”
This statement will enrage Tory backbencher group The Covid Recovery Party. They are putting pressure on him to lift all restrictions by the end of April. In the press conference the Prime Minister said the vaccine rollout continued to exceed it’s targets. However he stated that it’s not the time to “ease up” on tackling the virus.
He said “This is an unprecedented national achievement but it is no moment to relax. In fact it is the moment to accelerate because the threat from this virus remains very real.” His words were echoed last month by Matt Hancock who said due to the vaccine program he could foresee this lockdown being the last.
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