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Covid warning: Boris warns of European virus surge with tone of caution

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The Prime Minister described “signs of a surge” in an editorial for The Telegraph, suggesting most people would rather substitute “haste for certainty”. He also spoke about the likelihood of schools reopening leading to an increase in coronavirus transmissions. The PM wrote: “We can see the signs of a surge of Covid among some of our European friends, and we remember how we in the UK have tended to follow that upwards curve, if a few weeks later.

“The overwhelming majority of people – and businesses – would prefer us to take steps that are cautious but irreversible, rather than go backwards again.

“They would rather trade haste for certainty.”

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a series of lockdown restrictions will be eased in Scotland as early as this weekend.

Almost 40 percent of Scotland’s adult population has received the first dose of one of the approved Covid-19 vaccines, it has been revealed.

Signposting in Mr Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown could be pushed back if there is a concerning rise in infection rates.

According to his roadmap, the country would get back to normal by June 21 “at the earliest.”

The Prime Minister said he understands the country’s urgency to get out of lockdown after multiple calls from experts and the public to bring forward the timetable.

“But we must recognise that the rate of infection is still high much higher than last summer,” Mr Johnson wrote.

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The lateral flow tests are free until June 30.



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