When will British Lockdowns end? The UK Plan for Exit
When will British Lockdowns end? The UK Plan for Exit

What Boris Johnson will have to consider as he decides when to ease lockdown?

The prime minister will look at many different types of data to determine when it is safe to reopen parts of the economy.

UK Government examining cases, hospitalisations, impact of vaccines and other data this week before a lockdown announcement on 22 February.

At the daily news conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he aims to cautiously ease coronavirus restrictions in an “irreversible” manner, but conceded he cannot offer a “cast iron guarantee” that England’s third national lockdown will be its last.

He welcomed the “unprecedented national achievement” of vaccinating 15 million of the most vulnerable people in the UK ahead of the target deadline on Monday, but said now is “no moment to relax” in terms of unlocking.

Lockdown-sceptic MPs are pressing for an accelerated exit after the country passed a vaccine milestone at the weekend, with 15 million people having received their first jabs. The government is targeting another 17 million people by the end of April, including everyone aged 50 and above, plus starting on second doses for the first wave.

Over the weekend, however, more than 60 MPs from the ruling Conservatives signed a letter calling for Johnson to commit to lifting all legal controls by the end of April.

When will UK Lockdown end?

The government is targeting another 17 million people by the end of April, including everyone aged 50 and above, plus starting on second doses for the first wave.

The government intends next Monday to lay out a roadmap for easing its third stay-at-home order in England, which has shut down schools, non-essential businesses and hospitality venues since early January.

Schools could reopen on Mar 8, officials hope, and Johnson said he would set down "as much as we possibly can about the route to normality even though some things are very uncertain".

The new hotels policy requires all UK citizens and permanent residents entering England from 33 "red list" countries to self-isolate at their own expense in an approved hotel for 10 days.

Other visitors from the 33 countries - including all South American nations, South Africa and Portugal - are currently barred from visiting the UK.

COVID-19 deaths

With more than 117,000 COVID-19 deaths, Britain is one of the world's worst-hit countries. But the daily figure for new cases on Monday dipped under 10,000 for the first time since Oct 4. The number of people dying within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 has greatly reduced since the peak of 19 January, two weeks after lockdown started.

But, deaths are still at the same level as Boxing Day and 26 April, and after a continuous reduction since 28 January, 8 February saw a rise.

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