By Laura Kemp •
Published: 05 Jun 2021 • 16:12
"Other Options" Being Considered As Doubt Surrounds June 21 Easing Of Lockdown.
REPORTS say today, June 5, that Downing Street is “drawing up other options” about lifting the Covid restrictions in England on June 21, but is still planning on going ahead with the final step in the roadmap.
A source reportedly told Sky News “It would be remiss of us to take a decision without a full set of data as evidence.”
According to Wales Online, Ministers are apparently thinking of keeping some of the Covid measures in order to curb the spread of the disease. This includes maintaining face coverings and delaying the end of working from home.
The news comes following reports that a two-week delay was being considered due to the number of people in the UK with Covid increasing by 75 per cent.
An epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Adam Kucharski, said a different battle is now being faced by the UK as the Indian variant spreads, meaning it could be “hard to justify” loosening restrictions this month as planned.
Another expert from the same advisory group, the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M), has claimed that it would be “foolish” and a “major risk” to reopen on June 21.
He said: “I think by the Government’s own criteria it’s quite clear that it would be foolish to proceed on the data that we’ve got at the moment. The risk would be very great indeed.
“And of course it’s a balance of risks but I think it would be a major risk to go further in opening up.”
“Again, I make the point that it is about data, not dates, and if you make it too much about the dates then you box yourself into a corner and I think that’s what the Government has done,” he added.
Earlier today, June 5, epidemiologist Dr Kucharski said that the UK now has another battle on its hands with the Indian variant, saying it could be “hard to justify” easing restrictions this month.
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