Coronavirus news latest – Boris Johnson insists no reason in data to halt easing of lockdown measures

BORIS Johnson has warned he is wary of the prospects of rising coronavirus infection rates, but said he sees “absolutely nothing in the data” to halt the easing of the lockdown.

The Prime Minister acknowledged cases could again spiral as restrictions are relaxed, with the “stay local” order having ended in Wales and larger outdoor meetings being permitted in England from Monday.

But he said on Saturday that the “key difference” this time is that the rise in prevalence should be “sufficiently mitigated” by the successful vaccine rollout.

Meanwhile, Monday marks the next milestone in the government’s road to freedom out of lockdown.

 Under the current rules, many Brits have been fined for not having a reasonable excuse for heading outside.

But Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown has now started to unfold, with the next phase to take place from March 29.

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