Covid: Boris Johnson sees nothing to suggest delay to June 21 plans

Boris Johnson still sees nothing in the data to suggest the plan to end all Covid restrictions on June 21 will need to be delayed.

Scientists have been calling for so-called ‘freedom day’ to be pushed back amid the spread of the India variant.

Professor Ravi Gupta said the country was in the early days of a ‘third wave’ and suggested a delay to unlocking of a ‘few weeks’.

An official decision is not expected until June 14.

However, No 10 sounded a note of optimism when asked about the Prime Minister’s plans today.

A spokesman said: ‘I was going to point to what the PM said on Thursday.

‘The Prime Minister has said on a number of occasions that we haven’t seen anything in the data but we will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move through June towards June 21.’

Last Thursday, Mr Johnson said: ‘I don’t see anything currently in the data’ to divert from the June 21 target for the next stage of exiting lockdown.

But he did concede that ‘we may need to wait’ for more data.

The government is expected to pay close attention to figures on hospitalisations.

It is hoped that a rise in cases will not lead to the catastrophic strain put on the NHS during the first and second waves because younger and vaccinated people will get less ill.

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