Downing Road has confirmed when the timetable on easing lockdown can be introduced, after issues the date had slipped additional.
Whereas many had believed that the Prime Minister was set to announce measures to MPs on February 22, a change of phrasing yesterday raised some eyebrows.
A spokesperson advised the press the roadmap out of lockdown could be introduced within the ‘week of February 22’.
Whereas it appears a minor change any delay might have a big affect on when the primary components of lockdown carry.
It’s because colleges have been promised at the least two weeks’ discover, and February 22 could be the final day to fulfill the Prime Minister’s goal of reopening on March 8.
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Nevertheless, this has now been clarified.
A Quantity 10 spokesman at the moment (Friday, February 12) stated: “On February 22 we’ll set out a gradual and phased strategy in the direction of easing the restrictions in a sustainable means.”
The spokesperson additionally refused to rule out some measures being in place for months down the road.
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A report at the moment in The Instances warned that social distancing restrictions could possibly be in place till the autumn, one thing that’s nonetheless on the desk.
The spokesperson added: “The newest knowledge and proof clearly reveals that we stay in a troublesome scenario with the stress on the NHS nonetheless very important. We maintain the newest knowledge and proof beneath fixed evaluate and on February 22 we can be setting out our plan to reopen colleges and progressively reopening our economic system and society.”
New figures present that in keeping with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics one in 80 personal households had coronavirus between January 31 and Febraury 6 – round 695,400 individuals.