‘Can’t rule it out’ Eustice says Boris to review new lockdown just one week before June 21

George Eustice discusses Covid review

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Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Government “couldn’t rule anything out” when asked whether the June 21 target for scrapping all coronavirus restrictions could be delayed. He also told listeners that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make an annoucnement just one week before lockdown is due to end. Concerns are rising over the number of cases the new indian variant of covid is causing as it sweeps through communities up and down the country.

The Cabinet minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “The Prime Minister has said all along that he is going to take this one step at a time and will only make the judgment on the next step, on June 21, about a week before that.

“I think he is expected to say something in a couple of weeks’ time on June 14.

“The rates are going up again slightly but from a low base and probably to be expected, given there are a significant number of younger people who are now out and mixing but haven’t had the vaccine – I suppose that is to be expected.

“But the right thing to do in a couple of weeks’ time is to assess that data before deciding what we can do.”

Asked whether businesses should prepare for a delay to the unlocking, Mr Eustice replied: “I’ve said all along, as has Matt Hancock and the Prime Minister, we can’t rule anything out.

“Because we know this has been a difficult pandemic, a dynamic situation.”

He added: “We have to make that judgment a couple of weeks before. It will only be by then that we will see the full impact of the latest easements we made on May 17, so I know everyone wants to know what is going to happen.

“But we can’t actually make that judgment until we see the impact of the easements just made.”

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