Boris Johnson: "Nothing conclusive' to say end of restrictions will be delayed - but 'we will know a lot more in a few days' time'"

Boris Johnson: "Nothing conclusive
# 18 May 2021 17:55 (UTC +04:00)

Boris Johnson has said there is "nothing conclusive to say we need to deviate" from plans to end coronavirus restrictions next month, APA reports citing Sky News.

Amid fears that rising cases of the Indian COVID variant could push back England's roadmap out of lockdown, the prime minister said "we are looking very carefully at the data...what's happening...the epidemiology...the extent to which the new variant may be more transmissible."

He said "we will know a lot more in a few days' time" and promised to "keep people informed" and "continually updated".

He stressed it underlined the need for people to get vaccinated, if they are eligible.

Speaking at a vaccination centre at north London, Mr Johnson said: "The numbers are incredibly high. And I know that... some people have been more vaccine hesitant than others, but actually, across the whole of society, the numbers continue to go up in every group.

"And that's very, very encouraging. And I would urge everybody - just to make the obvious point - who is eligible for a vaccine, when you get your call up, when you get the notification from the NHS, come and get your jab.

"We're trying to work out to what extent the new variants, the Indian variants may be more transmissible. At the moment, we see nothing conclusive to say that we have to to deviate from the road map. Obviously, we'll be keeping people informed."