Hancock: Covid rules to be eased ‘with weeks between steps’


The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said lockdown restrictions will be eased with “weeks between the steps” to allow their impact to be assessed, and warned that timetables will change if problems occur.

Hancock said one in three adults had now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The government expects all adults over 50 and those with health conditions to have been offered their first jab by 15 April, and all adults by 31 July.

But Hancock said the reopening would be slowed if unexpected events threw the UK’s recovery off course, citing the Kent variant as a moment in the pandemic that had forced a change of approach.

Boris Johnson will set out a roadmap on Monday for the reopening of the economy and society, which is expected to start with all English schools

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