Boris Johnson confirms plans to relax lockdown measures within weeks

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Boris Johnson has confirmed that the Government is looking at relaxing lockdown measures by the middle of February. The Prime Minister made the remarks during a visit to a vaccination site at Barnet Football Club in north London on Monday morning. He told reporters the government were “looking at the potential of relaxing some measures” before next month. 

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However, he could not guarantee that schools would be back before Easter.

The Prime Minister has come under pressure to get children back into school classrooms.

Mr Johnson said: “I do think now this massive achievement has been made of rolling out this vaccination programme.

“I think people want to see us making sure we don’t throw that away by having a premature relaxation and then another big surge of infection.

“Believe me there’s nothing I want to do more than reopen schools, I’ve fought to keep schools open for as long as I possibly could.

“We want to see schools back as fast as possible, we want to do that in a way that is consistent with fighting the epidemic and keeping the infection rate down.”

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