England might not return to regional restrictions as lockdown is eased, Boris Johnson suggests

February 02, 2021 - 110 views

England may not return to regional coronavirus restrictions when the current lockdown is eased, the prime minister has suggested.

"It may be that a national approach, going down the tiers in a national way, might be better this time round, given that the disease is behaving much more nationally," Boris Johnson said.

The PM said he was "keeping an open mind" on the subject, adding: "If you look at the way the new variant has taken off across the country, it's a pretty national phenomenon".

"The charts I see, we're all sort of moving pretty much in the same sort of way, I mean there are a few discrepancies, a few differences, so it may be that we will go for a national approach but there may be an advantage still in some regional differentiation as well."

The government is due to set out a roadmap for relaxing lockdown measures in the week beginning 22 February.  - However this is not certain and dependent on the coronavirus cases at the time.

Mr Johnson has expressed his hope that children will be able to return to school from 8 March, which would signal the beginning of restrictions being eased.


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