Covid vaccine news UK – Lockdown rules could be lifted EARLIER than June 21 if jabs accelerate and deaths and cases fall

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LOCKDOWN rules could be totally lifted BEFORE June 21 if vaccines accelerate and deaths keep falling, it is claimed.

On Monday Boris Johnson unveiled a four-step roadmap to freedom, outlining exactly what aspects of daily life could resume and when – with June 21 outlined as the date all restrictions could be lifted.

The Prime Minister insisted any easing would be based on data not dates, however, and said a minimum five week gap between each step would be required to monitor the impact it has had on hospitalisations and deaths.

But according to a new report in The Telegraph today citing several senior government sources, positive data around the vaccine rollout could also see restrictions lifted even earlier than June 21.

Two factors seem to be influencing that decision – firstly Public Health Scotland’s recent report on the incredible effectiveness of vaccines which, if replicated in England, would tip the scales in favour of opening up early.

And secondly the inevitable impact reopening schools on March 8 will have on infections rising – said to be the main reason for Boris adopting a more cautious approach than many Tory backbenchers would like.

If, for example, the return of schools doesn’t lead to a dramatic surge in infections, there is a possibility the following steps may be moved forward and the UK return to normality even earlier than currently planned.

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