British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to give a televised press conference this afternoon during which he will explain the next plan to lift the latest lockdown of British citizens in response to the pandemic. He will brief Parliament on the plan first. He’s additionally believed to be announcing the reopening of his nation’s schools, set to happen in the next couple of weeks. But unless he’s holding something up his sleeve, the Brits, who have currently been under lockdown orders since an early January spike in infections, may not have much more of an idea as to when they will be free to leave their homes than they do now. (CNBC)
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Monday how and when lockdown restrictions will start to be lifted in England.
Government ministers are expected to discuss details of the “roadmap” for cautiously easing lockdown Monday morning. The prime minister will then outline the proposals to parliament later this afternoon, before giving a televised press conference at 7 p.m. London time.
Johnson is expected to set out the latest data on infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as early data showing the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.
He is also expected to confirm that schools in England will reopen on March 8, and reveal more details on other restrictions set to be lifted.
If all goes as expected, BoJo will be providing the latest update on the numbers of new cases and COVID hospitalizations today, along with the total deaths recorded. (Let’s hope he does a better job of that than Andrew Cuomo.) But as I mentioned above, what may be missing is an actual target date. Further, the lockdown may not be lifting for everyone at the same time.