Liverpool news Lockdown could be extended as end date of mid Feb 'not certain' MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Boris Johnson originally said the rules would not be lifted until mid-February
Breaking News ! Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown on January 5, instructing people to stay at home to control the virus. The decision followed a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country. At the time, Mr Johnson said the rules would not be lifted until mid-February, however, the latest figures now show more than 100,000 deaths involving coronavirus have occurred in the UK. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here With this number rising, questions have been raised as to when this lockdown will end. Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus (Image: PA) Legislation on England's new Covid lockdown restrictions lasts until March 31. And last week, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove did not rule out an extension. He said: "We hope that we will be able to progressively lift restrictions after that but what I can't do is predict - nobody can predict - with accuracy exactly what we will be able to relax and when. "What we do know is that the more effective our vaccination programme, the more people who are protected in that way, the easier it will be to lift these restrictions.
. "What we will be doing is everything that we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so that we can begin to progressively lift restrictions.” Professor Neil Ferguson, whose early modelling of Covid-19 made him a key player in the UK's first lockdown, said he thought the current wave of the epidemic may be coming under control in some regions. However, he said restrictions of some sort could be needed for months until the coronavirus vaccines provide a high level of protection. Find your nearest vaccination centre by using your postcode below
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if there could be restrictions for many months to come, he said: "Yes, and we can't predict all of these things in advance. "We couldn't have predicted this new variant coming up, but the new variant without doubt will make the relaxation of restrictions more difficult because it is substantially more transmissible. "So it will be a gradual process to the autumn."
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