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Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end Covid lockdown

Boris Johnson on Monday announced the Government’s four-step exit plan, over a four-month period, that could see lockdown entirely lifted on June 21, according to the Telegraph.

The roadmap will set out the loosening of the country’s third national lockdown, imposed amid a third amid a winter coronavirus outbreak, with key dates revealing when certain restrictions are expected to be lifted.

Rules will be lifted every five weeks to allow four weeks to measure the impact of the changes and to give a further week’s notice before the next step comes into force.

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 steps.

This assessment will be based on four tests:

  • 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.
  • Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

Britain today recorded just 8,489 Covid cases in its lowest rise since October 2, with the department of health data showing infections have fallen by 20% in the last week.

Covid deaths continue to fall with only a recorded 548 victims.

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