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Boris Johnson set to take England out of lockdown

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, holds a vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as he visits a coronavirus covid-19 vaccination centre in Batley, northern England on February 1, 2021. - Britain has set itself an ambitious goal of vaccinating 15 million of the most vulnerable people by mid-February, and the entire adult population by the autumn. A total of 598,389 people in the UK received a first vaccine dose on Saturday, the highest daily figure since the rollout began. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson is set to announce his long-awaited roadmap for taking England out of lockdown, British government officials confirmed to CNN on Monday morning. The country has been in full national lockdown since January 4 after new variants of coronavirus were found inside parts of England that expedited the spread of the virus and was thought to be more dangerous.

London (CNN)Boris Johnson is set to announce his long-awaited roadmap for taking England out of lockdown, British government officials confirmed to CNN on Monday morning.

The country has been in full national lockdown since January 4 after new variants of coronavirus were found inside parts of England that expedited the spread of the virus and was thought to be more dangerous.

Johnson will tell the House of Commons on Monday afternoon that as of March 8, schools will finally reopen across England, as well as some very limited return of outdoor social interaction, including sitting on a park bench and having a coffee, which is currently not allowed.

Downing Street emphasized that these are planned measures and should the Covid-19 situation worsen in England, they could be pushed back and the country kept in lockdown.

The speed at which the country will exit lockdown will be set against four key tests: how the vaccine rollout is going; how vaccines are affecting hospitalizations and deaths; infection rates staying low; new variants not undermining the other three tests.

It is possible that his cautious approach and focus on schools and families rather than economics will draw criticism from a number of his Conservative backbenchers who have been pushing for a faster exit from lockdown since the summer.

At the time, infection rates had fallen and government sources told CNN at the time that priorities had shifted from containing the spread to reopening the hospitality industry.

Emerging research showing that vaccines are starting to reduce the risk of hospitalization have provided Johnson and his government a further boost.

On Monday, scientists in Scotland reported that people who had received a single dose of either the Pfizer of AstraZeneca vaccines were up to 85% and 94% less likely to be admitted to hospital, respectively, according to UK news agency PA Media.

The speed of the vaccine rollout has provided a rare success in the pandemic for Johnson, as the UK remains Europe's worst country in both deaths and infections.

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