BORIS Johnson today announced the government will reveal its “phased” route out of lockdown in the week beginning February 22.
The Prime Minister said schools will be the first to open under the new road map, which will take a “gradual” approach to lifting restrictions.
Boris Johnson spoke in the House of Commons this afternoonCredit: PA:Press Association
Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Mr Johnson said he will review current lockdown measures as expected in the middle of February.
The results of that review will be revealed a week later, the PM confirmed.
“I can tell the House that when parliament returns from recess on the week beginning February 22, we intend to set out the results of that review and publish our plan for taking the country out of lockdown,” he said.
The plan will depend on “the continued success of the vaccination program,” as well as the “capacity of the NHS” and the rate at which people are dying from coronavirus in the UK.
And the road to freedom will take a “gradual and phased approach,” with the reopening of schools a priority.
It comes as…
It comes after the UK’s Covid death toll passed 100,000 yesterday – less than a year since the first coronavirus death was recorded here.
Boris Johnson said last night he was “deeply sorry” for every life lost telling PMQs this lunchtime “I grieve every death”.
He told MPs: “I and the Government take full responsibility for all the actions I have taken, we have taken in this pandemic.
“There will be a time to reflect and prepare. I don’t believe this is now.
“What the country wants is for us to come together, work to keep the virus under control as we are, and continue to rollout the fastest vaccination programme in Europe.”
The Prime Minister will hold a 5pm press conference this evening as the UK is set to announce hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from Covid hotspots.
Meanwhile the Home Secretary will this afternoon set out “even tougher measures” for as many as 30 “red list” countries to stupid mutant strains of coronavirus making it to Britain’s shores.
Ms Patel is also set to make it harder for Brits to leave the UK, with extra checks at airports.
It was reported that the Home Secretary had pushed for a total closure of the UK’s borders, as Labour is demanding, but that was rejected by the PM.
Instead, under the new regime means arrivals from the 30 most high risk countries will have to immediately quarantine in hotels near airports for 10 days.
The 10 day stay in a hotel could cost travellers as much as £1,500.