Coronavirus UK news – Boris Johnson ‘no hesitation’ in moving nations to red list as travel ‘at risk from Nepal variant’

BORIS Johnson warned the Government will have “no hesitation” over moving countries off the green list if necessary.

The PM said he will “wait and see” what the recommendations of the Joint Biosecurity Centre are before announcing changes to the UK’s travel lists.

It comes as the UK recorded 12 deaths from Covid yesterday – the highest number of cases since April 1.

After analysis of data on the current rate of coronavirus infections versus hospitalisations and deaths, the PM today declared he as yet hadn’t seen anything to justify delaying the plan to end Covid restrictions on June 21.

Boris did stop short of saying June 21 would definitely happen, however, and insisted on waiting “a little bit longer” before making a firm decision.

“I can see nothing in the data at the moment that means we can’t go ahead with step four of the opening on 21 June,” he said on Wednesday..

Yet he stressed a need to be “cautious” due to “ambiguous” data on how successful the UK’s vaccine programme is in fighting a new infection surge.

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