Coronavirus UK news LIVE – Britain to hit 15m Covid vaccination target TODAY as plan to get out of lockdown looms

BRITAIN is to hit its target of 15 million Covid vaccines today, as the PM said he is ‘optimistic’ about gradually lifting lockdown from March.

Restrictions for adults will only be slightly relaxed in March with Brits being allowed to sit down outdoors with one friend or family member.

At the end of next month, social distancing rules are expected to be eased further with outdoor sport like golf and tennis for two people from different households being allowed.

The Prime Minister will reportedly announce children will be prioritised in the easing of restrictions in a national address next week – while Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve outdoors by Easter if Covid cases continue to fall.

It comes as mass testing is set to begin in Middlesbrough following the detection of a case of the South African variant.

An additional test centre has been set up at the Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham and anybody over the age of 16 from Marton and Coulby Newham is being urged to get tested – no appointment is needed.

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