Easing lockdown restrictions could be delayed due to alleged Indian variant of Covid-19
Author: Sarah Akomanyi | Saturday 15th May 2021
There could be a delay in the roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, due to the alleged new Indian variant of the virus. It was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday.
It was said that it could be "more difficult" for England to reach the next step if the country is out of lockdown.
Speaking to reporters, Boris said: "I believe we should trust in our vaccines to protect the public whilst monitoring the situation as it develops very closely".
He continued: "Because the race between our vaccination program and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter."
The rule of indoor mixing though may not seem to be an issue, as the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths has been falling.
If lockdown plans do get delayed, then the rule of six may come back into play, and nightclubs and other big events may be closed for longer.
"I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June," added Johnson.
"And I must stress that we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe. Our surveillance and data gathering is now so advanced that if it was a danger of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure we would see the signs in the data very early on and could react in good time.
"And that gives us the confidence to continue moving forwards for now."