UK PM: Britons to be ‘optimistic but patient’ about easing of restrictions

Speaking at Monday's Downing Street briefing, Johnson hailed the "unprecedented national achievement" of hitting the self-imposed target of vaccinating 15 million people. [EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL]

People should be “optimistic but patient” about the easing of restrictions, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday as infection and death rates from COVID-19 continue to fall.

Speaking at Monday’s Downing Street briefing, Johnson hailed the “unprecedented national achievement” of hitting the self-imposed target of vaccinating 15 million people.

Johnson is expected to set out a timetable for the easing of restrictions across England on 22 February, which is likely to begin with the reopening of schools and some outdoor leisure activities such as golf and tennis.

The UK is still averaging 1,600 admissions a day of people suffering from COVID-19.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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