Health Sec Says 'Impossible to Know' When Restrictions Will Be Lifted

Health Sec Says 'Impossible to Know' When Restrictions Will Be Lifted


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said there is “no timescale” for lifting coronavirus restrictions, as media reports that tougher measures could be added to lockdown by next week.

Last Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England’s third lockdown. Refusing to give a firm end date of lifting restrictions, the prime minister appeared to suggest a soft deadline in mid-February, but only “if things go well”. The following day, senior minister Michael Gove pushed that date back to some time in March, and when the measures went to the House of Commons last Wednesday, Johnson admitted that the lockdown could legally last until March 31st.

The health secretary has added to the uncertainty of when the government will release Britons from restrictions, by saying there is “no timescale”. Asked whether there could be an easing by March 8th — three weeks after the government pledged to vaccinate 14 million of the

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