Coronavirus UK news update – Lockdown should NOT be lifted until Britain has ‘nearly eradicated’ covid, BMA warns

LOCKDOWN should NOT be lifted in the UK until we have “nearly eradicated” covid, the British Medial Association has warned.

The head of the doctors’ union said there was a “growing consensus” that the number of cases needs to reach levels not seen since last summer before any moves to reopen the country go ahead.

On Monday the PM will announce the UK’s route out of lockdown, which he insisted would be “cautious but irreversible” but the BMA says the NHS remains in a “precarious” position and could easily be overwhelmed again.

The news comes amid fears a new Covid “super-variant” found in Finland that doesn’t show up in tests could be fuelling its spread.

The Fin-796H mutation is different from all of the previously found strains in South Africa and the United Kingdom, according to new research.

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