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Breaking News ! Boris Johnson has insisted that his four-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in England is a "one-way road to freedom". The Prime Minister said the spring and summer months will usher in changes to make lives “incomparably better” as he set out a roadmap to fully ease lockdown by June 21. Mr Johnson defended his “cautious but also irreversible” approach to relaxing measures, arguing he will not be “buccaneering” with people’s lives. Despite this, in Monday's press conference he admitted he cannot guarantee that the vaccination programme will prevent restrictions from ever returning. In the first step, all pupils will return to class on March 8, with wider use of face masks and testing in secondaries. Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also be permitted from that date. Read More Related Articles The key things you need to know from today's coronavirus press conference Read More Related Articles When will the Work from Home advice end according to the roadmap? A slow return to normality comes as the Office for National Statistics confirmed on Tuesday morning that the rate of unemployment in the UK rose to 5.1 per cent in the three months to December. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to extend measures such as the furlough scheme, which is due to expire at the end of April, when he delivers his Budget on March 3. Mr Johnson indicated that the continued restrictions on some businesses will lead to an extension in taxpayer-funded support schemes, saying: “We will not pull the rug out.” Meanwhile, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be detailing her own plan on Tuesday afternoon for easing Scotland’s lockdown. The Prime Minister accepted that scientific modelling suggested that lifting measures will increase Covid-19 cases and ultimately deaths, but said restrictions cannot continue indefinitely. We'll have live updates throughout the day...Key EventsHugging could return by May 17, says Matt Hancock08:27'New variant cases falling across the UK'08:05UK unemployment rate rises to 5.1%07:5708:27KEY EVENTHugging could return by May 17, says Matt HancockHugging could return from mid May because it is expected the most vulnerable will have received two jabs then, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said. “Looking through the detail, the suggestion is that hugging should be as soon as possible, no later than May 17, is that right?” asked BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt.“Yes, that’s right, that’s the same date in which you will be able to travel and stay overnight,” replied Matt Hancock.“That’s in Step 3.“We know that close contact is how this disease is passed on, and so the reason for that timing is, by then, all of the most vulnerable groups will have been able to have two jabs.08:17'Review into international travel will depend on vaccine effectiveness against new variants'The review into international travel in the road map will be informed by evidence about vaccine effectiveness against new variants, according to the Health Secretary.Matt Hancock told Sky News: We do have to protect against these new variants, and that is a big challenge.One of the reviews announced yesterday is a review into international travel.And that review will be informed by the evidence that we’re currently collecting on the impact of the vaccine on these, the so-called South Africa and Brazil new variants.If the vaccine works well against them, then we can be much more relaxed about international travel.If the vaccine doesn’t work against them, then that will be much, much more difficult.
.He told Sky News:The good news is that the number of new variant cases we’re finding across the whole UK is falling, and has fallen quite sharply over the last month.In the last week or so, there were just over a dozen new cases, which is far smaller than we were seeing even a couple of weeks ago.So the extra measures that we’re taking at the border are working.08:03Pub and restaurant roadmap greeted with relief in Manchester, but operators blast 'terrifying' wait for financial supportPub and restaurant owners in Greater Manchester have finally been given a jot of hope for the future, with the Government outlining potential reopening dates.Boris Johnson has set out a four-step roadmap out of the current lockdown in England, which would see schools open first before the rest of the economy slowly opens up.But while hospitality experts have welcomed the Government’s gradual approach - which will see five week windows between each step of lockdown easing - they have criticised the ‘terrifying’ wait for the news of financial support in the meantime.One operator has warned that if all the pieces of the jigsaw don’t fall into place as planned, and with proper financial relief, they and many other businesses may not make it through to reopen at all.The roadmap will allow outdoor hospitality settings, such as beer gardens, to open as early as April 12 - step two in the plans.Full story here.08:02When will hotels and caravan parks reopen as lockdown ends in England?The Government has set out a four-step roadmap to get England out of lockdown.Boris Johnson has said that he hopes the roadmap is ‘irreversible’, meaning this would be the last time the nation will be plunged into a lockdown.International travel won’t return until May 17 at the very earliest, any many will be planning to spend their time off here in the UK this year.But when will we all be able to stay overnight in hotels, at campsites or in self-catered accommodation, and actually sleep in a bed that isn’t our own?Full story here.07:59Chancellor to set out next stage of Plan for JobsChancellor Rishi Sunak said: I know how incredibly tough the past year has been for everyone, and every job lost is a personal tragedy.That’s why throughout the crisis, my focus has been on doing everything we can to protect jobs and livelihoods.At the Budget next week I will set out the next stage of our Plan for Jobs, and the support we’ll provide through the remainder of the pandemic and our recovery.07:58Latest tax figures show 'early signs of the labour market stabilising'Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: The latest monthly tax figures show tentative early signs of the labour market stabilising, with a small increase in the numbers of employees paid through payroll over the last couple of months – though there are still over 700,000 fewer people employed than before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Almost three-fifths of this fall in employees since the onset of the pandemic came from the under-25s, according to a new age breakdown we are publishing for the first time today.Our survey shows that the unemployment rate has had the biggest annual rise since the financial crisis.07:57KEY EVENTUK unemployment rate rises to 5.1%The rate of unemployment has now hit 5.1% between October and December, which is the highest level since the autumn of 2015 and up from 5% in the previous quarter. The number of workers on UK payrolls has fallen by nearly 730,000 since the start of the pandemic and the jobless rate has surged to a five-year high – but official figures revealed “early signs” of a stabilising jobs market.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of payrolled workers rose by 83,000 between January and February in the second small monthly increase in a row.But the data showed the toll taken by the coronavirus crisis on the jobs market, with 726,000 fewer workers on payrolls since February 2020.
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