British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that at the moment there is no data that suggests a delay in the full withdrawal of England from coronavirus restrictions on June 21.
This is reported by Politico.
“I don’t see anything in the data at the moment that means we can’t go ahead with the fourth step or the June 21 opening, but we have to remain cautious,” Johnson said.
“We need to find out to what extent the vaccination program has protected enough of us, especially the elderly and vulnerable, from a new surge, and I fear the data is still mixed,” he added.
Johnson acknowledged that the number of infections in the UK is on the rise, but he said the government “always knew this was going to happen” as indoor rules are relaxed.
A small rise in the number of cases linked to the spread of a more contagious strain first identified in India, now known as “Delta,” has prompted some scientists to call for a postponement of the last stage of the government’s road map in England to get out of quarantine.
The final decision is due on June 14.
On Tuesday, the UK announced zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.