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POLL: If lockdown was completely scrapped tomorrow, what's the first thing you would do?


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Mr Johnson enforced another lockdown at the start of January as cases started to spiral following the Christmas period. Schools were moved to remote learning, while people were only allowed to leave their house for essential reasons. Police were also given more enforcement powers, meaning people were left unable to socialise at the pub, exercise at gyms or go on holiday, among other things. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as these things will soon be available once again.

The Prime Minister recently said restrictions will be lifted based on “data not dates” – so do you think the roadmap will successfully be rolled out on time or will it be delayed?

Mr Johnson added the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (SPI-M) projections were used to help develop the Government’s roadmap out of restrictions.

SPI-M first suggested there would be around 150 deaths a day by March 21, but daily deaths by date of death are already around that now, promoting calls for quicker easing.

Mark Woolhouse, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and a member of SPI-M, said: “The data are indeed looking better than the models were predicting and – to the best of my knowledge – better than anyone was expecting.

POLL: If lockdown was completely scrapped tomorrow, what's the first thing you would do?

POLL: If lockdown was completely scrapped tomorrow, what’s the first thing you would do? (Image: GETTY)

“If the phrase ‘data-driven not date-driven’ has any meaning, then it must allow for the schedule for relaxing restrictions to be brought forward if the data are better than expected and not just putting the schedule back if the data are worse than expected.

“It remains the case that if we unlock too far, too quickly, we risk a resurgence. However, given the data, I’d hope that the Government is actively considering unlocking just as cautiously but appreciably less slowly.

“Lockdown continues to be just as harmful as ever, so there is a public health imperative to relax measures as soon as it is safe to do so. An over-abundance of caution is not a cost-free option.”

Mr Johnson explained the roadmap for reopening would rely on four key “tests” that are linked to data, which would act like a checklist that must be ticked before moving onto the next step of reopening.

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The four tests included the vaccine roll-out is going as planned, along with vaccines being effective in bringing down deaths and hospitalisations, case numbers not rising so fast that the NHS risks being overwhelmed and new variants not creating unforeseen risks.

Visiting gyms and table service at beer gardens will also be allowed from April 12, along with non-essential retail, campsites and self-catering holidays also being allowed to re-open.

And May 17 is set as the possible return of international travel, which has prompted Cyprus to announce today it will reopen to tourists who have been fully inoculated against Covid from May 1.

The Seychelles has also said it would welcome all visitors from March 25, regardless of their vaccination status.

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Boris Johnson outlined his roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions over four months

Boris Johnson outlined his roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions over four months (Image: GETTY)

It comes as the number of people who have had a first COVID-19 vaccine dose is 20,982,571 after a further 278,956 had the jab on Wednesday.

The Government also reported 242 more covid-related deaths and 6,573 new cases in the latest 24-hour period.

A total of 124,025 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, and there have been 4,201,358 lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic started last year.

Meanwhile, Britons have been advised to continue to respect the lockdown after an ONS survey showed 43 percent of over-80s said they had met up with someone outside their household, support or care bubble indoors after getting their first jab.

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And 41 percent also admitted they did this less than three weeks after getting their first dose.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “It’s important that people continue to follow the guidelines that are in place.”

When asked if the elderly were behaving irresponsibly, the spokesman said: “We are asking everybody to continue to follow the rules and guidelines.”

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also gave people a glimmer of hope over lockdown ending after he said Wales could open parts of the economy earlier than in England.

POLL: The UK has seen a drop in Covid deaths

POLL: The UK has seen a drop in the number of Covid deaths (Image: EXPRESS)

Mr Drakeford told the Welsh Affairs Committee yesterday: “Broad alignment doesn’t mean doing everything the same.

“I think there will be some opportunities because rates in Wales are significantly lower than they are in England that we may be able to restore some economic activity earlier than the Prime Minister’s road map currently suggests.

“I wouldn’t want to deny businesses in Wales the chance to get back trading because we were waiting for somebody else to be in a position that we had already arrived at.”

However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made sure there are measures in place in case the roadmap does change if cases spiral again later in the year.

Rishi Sunak announced there were measure in place in case the roadmap did not pan out as planned

Rishi Sunak announced there were measure in place in case the roadmap did not pan out as planned (Image: GETTY)

He announced in his Budget that he would extend the £20 uplift of Universal Credit and furlough payments until the autumn.

Mr Sunak said that these measures will remain after England’s road map out of lockdown officially ends, on June 21, in case “things change”.

He added he “wanted people to have the reassurance that we were ‘going long’, beyond the end of the road map.”

Mr Sunak said on Good Morning Britain yesterday: “Of course things might have to change.

“We wanted to accommodate even the most cautious view of exiting from the restrictions – hopefully that won’t happen, we are making great progress.”


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