People aren’t waiting for your roadmap, Boris! Lockdown-weary Brits enjoy coffees with pals

Boris Johnson’s cautious approach to easing restrictions quickly came under strain as lockdown-weary Britons jumped the gun on his road map and started mixing with friends.  Coffee catch-ups in the park and outdoor sport remain banned until March – but after nearly a year of draconian Covid measures people took advantage of the recent good … Read more

Tories slam ‘dodgy assumptions’ behind Boris Johnson’s lockdown ‘roadmap’

Tories stepped up their attack on Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown today complaining it is based on ‘dodgy assumptions’ about vaccine takeup. Former chief whip Mark Harper, head of the 70-strong Covid Recovery Group of sceptical MPs, said the models being used by the government were ‘flawed’. He said ‘understating’ the reach of the … Read more

Nicola Sturgeon unveils her lockdown exit roadmap for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon today unveiled a lockdown exit roadmap for Scotland which will see the stay at home rule lifted and the return of some non-essential shops on April 5.  She said her ‘deliberately cautious’ plan will start with more pupils heading back to classrooms on March 15 and with the limit on outdoor mixing being … Read more

Matt Hancock slaps down Neil Ferguson over speeding up roadmap

Matt Hancock today slapped down Professor Neil Ferguson after he suggested the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown could be speeded up if things go well. The Health Secretary insisted there is no question of the timetable for easing restrictions being upgraded despite the unusually optimistic view from the leading epidemiologist. The spat came amid growing … Read more

Matt Hancock slaps down Neil Ferguson over speeding up roadmap

Matt Hancock today slapped down Professor Neil Ferguson after he suggested the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown could be speeded up if things go well. The Health Secretary insisted there is no question of the timetable for easing restrictions being upgraded despite the unusually optimistic view from the leading epidemiologist. The spat came amid growing … Read more

Boris Johnson finally reveals his roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson defied huge pressure from Tories and business today to unveil an ultra-cautious ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. Announcing his long-awaited four-phase exit strategy, the PM warned the ‘threat remains’ and cases, hospitalisations and deaths will rise in the coming months as no vaccines can offer 100 per cent protection for the whole population.  ‘At … Read more

Boris Johnson finally reveals his roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson defied huge pressure from Tories and business today to unveil an ultra-cautious ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. Announcing his long-awaited four-phase exit strategy, the PM warned the ‘threat remains’ and cases, hospitalisations and deaths will rise in the coming months as no vaccines can offer 100 per cent protection for the whole population.  ‘At … Read more

Boris prepares to announce ALL schools will return on March 8 in new ‘roadmap’

What are the PM’s four tests for easing lockdown? The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS. The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed … Read more

Boris prepares to announce ALL schools will return on March 8 in new ‘roadmap’

Boris Johnson is already facing a Tory backlash as he prepares to unveil a ‘cautious’ route out of lockdown today – with all schools reopening from March 8 but precious few other easings until Easter. The PM is set to reveal his ‘roadmap’ in a statement to the Commons this afternoon after it is rubber-stamped … Read more

First step on roadmap out of lockdown is revealed

THE first steps to freedom from lockdown will prioritise reopening schools and  reuniting families, Boris Johnson said last night. In two weeks, on March 8, you will be able to meet one friend or family member in the park for a coffee or a picnic. On the same date, all pupils will return to the classroom … Read more