Boris Johnson discusses Stage 4 of roadmap out of lockdown
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The Prime Minister used a televised coronavirus briefing this evening to outline his plans to lift most legal Covid restrictions from next Monday. Stage 4 of the roadmap was due to take place on June 21 but was delayed by four weeks to allow more Brits to receive a second coronavirus vaccination.
Graphics shared with the public during the announcement tonight highlighted the importance of the Government’s delay and why the health crisis could be coming to an end.
Data shared from Public Health England indicated those who had two jabs saw projection against symptomatic infection against the Delta variant which is dominant across the UK drop by 78-80 percent.
Those with one dose see the risk of infection drop by 32-38 percent.
At the same time, a single dose of the jab reduces the chance of hospitalisation by 69-88 percent.
Meanwhile, two doses of the drug drops hospitalisation risk by uptimes to 98 percent.
So far almost two thirds of the adult population (66.2 percent) have received two Covid jabs.
A total of 87.2 percent have had at least one injection.
Confirming the relaxation of restrictions next week, Mr Johnson said: “Every week that goes by we are getting hundreds of thousands more jabs into arms and our delay to the road map that we announced last month has enabled us to get seven million more jabs in the last 4 weeks alone.
“By next Monday, two-thirds of adults will have received a second dose and every adult will have been offered a first dose.
“And it is the single most crucial thing now that you get that jab.
“A jab that could protect you and your family – and allow you, for instance, to go on holiday.
“And it is of course only thanks to the vaccine programme that we are able to take these cautious steps now.
“But to take these steps we must be cautious and we must be vaccinated.”
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he wants his roadmap to be an irreversible one-way return to normality.
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While Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned the Government would not be afraid to reintroduce measures if necessary when speaking in the House this afternoon, the data will boost hopes England had put lockdown behind it once and for all.
Mr Johnson said: “I hope that the road map is irreversible but in order to have that it has also got to be a cautious approach, that’s why we waited those extra weeks to get seven million more jabs into people’s arms.
“We will proceed on Monday the 19th but what people need to remember is that this pandemic is not over.
“If we’re cautious and everybody gets vaccinated, then, yes, we can make steady progress.”
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty added modelling done by scientists indicated there was no better time to ease restrictions than next week.
He said: “The modelling studies that have been done on this largely show that all dates essentially tend to lead to broadly similar outcomes, different models come to very slightly different conclusions.
“There is no clear evidence – in comparison to the previous occasion when a delay was clearly going to make a difference – there is no clear evidence that the delay now is going to make a difference.
“What is going to make a difference is going slowly.”
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