Coronavirus UK news – Indian variant puts June 21 lockdown ‘Freedom Day’ at serious risk as cases surge, Boris admits

BORIS Johnson this evening admitted Britain’s June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ is now under serious threat as the Indian coronavirus variant surges.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, the Prime Minister said Monday’s May 17 easing will go ahead, but warned that the total lifting of lockdown restriction on June 21 simply cannot be guaranteed.

Although the new Indian variant is popping up in local hotspots all over the UK, the PM said Brits just have to “wait and see” how serious the local outbreaks become and whether they result in increased hospitalisations.

As yet all indications show vaccines remain effective against the new variant, meaning that despite an increasing number of covid infections, hospitalisations remain low and deaths incredibly rare.

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