21 June lockdown lift ‘threatened’ by ‘ambiguous data - Boris Johnson

21 June lockdown lift ‘threatened’ by ‘ambiguous data - Boris Johnson

21 June lockdown lift ‘threatened’ by ‘ambiguous data – Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the 21 June lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions is currently on track but has admitted the latest data is “ambiguous.” 

“I can see nothing in the data at the moment that means we can’t go ahead with Step 4,” the prime minister said.

  • Lockdown lifting is currently on track for 21 June
  • But PM says data is ‘still ambiguous’
  • Scientists are calling for a delay of step 4 (the lifting of restrictions)
  • Delta variant now believed to be responsible for up tp 75% of new cases

But he then added: “What we need to work out is to what extent the vaccination programme has protected enough of us, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, against a new surge – and there I’m afraid the data is still ambiguous.”

The PM has been questioned amid growing concern from scientists urging him to delay the 21 June lockdown lifting. The concerns arise from the surge in Covid infections and hospitalisations. 

But Blackburn, Bolton and other places have been hit by the arrival of the Delta variant, now thought to be responsible for up to 75 per cent of new cases.

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