Chances of June 21 end of lockdown now ‘close to nil’

But Boris han’t seen “anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate from the road map”.

Max Channon www.devonlive.com

A Government source has reportedly claimed the likelihood of full Covid lockdown restrictions being lifted on June 21 in England is ‘close to nil’.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today said he has not seen “anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate from the road map”.

Nonetheless, ITV’s Robert Peston reports “the prospect of the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England going ahead precisely as planned on June 21 are close to nil… according to ministers and officials.”

ITV quotes a government adviser as saying: “It is clear some social distancing will have to be retained, not everything we’ve set out for June 21 is likely to happen.

“But it is also possible some of the easing we’ve done will have to be reversed.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that “one Cabinet minister” has said that missing the June 21 milestone could become Mr Johnson’s ‘Theresa May moment’ – a reference to her failed Brexit deadline.

The Mail quotes its source as saying: “This freedom date is burned on people’s brains in the same way as her date for leaving the EU,’ the source said. ‘When she missed it, she was finished.'”

However, Boris Johnson has told senior ministers that he still wants to work through the road map for lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.

And, on a visit to a vaccine centre in London, he said: “I don’t see anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate from the road map.

“We’ve got to be cautious and we are keeping everything under very close observation. We’ll know a lot more in a few days’ time.”

The PM’s official spokesman said that he told the weekly meeting of the Cabinet that they would need to monitor the data closely.

“The Prime Minister set out the Government’s desire to continue to work through the road map following the move to step three yesterday,” the spokesman said.

“He concluded Cabinet by re-stating the important need to closely watch the data in the coming days ahead of making decisions on step four.”

The spokesman said that Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the meeting that “comprehensive work” to provide more vaccines and “surge” testing in outbreak areas was continuing.

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