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Boris Johnson warns of extended lockdown as death toll mounts

Iran Press TV

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 6:59 PM

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has dashed hopes of a timely end to England's lockdown by saying the latest tough restrictions will not be removed with a "big bang" but instead there will be a "gradual unwrapping".

The PM told the House of Commons on Wednesday (January 06) that the legislation in relation to the current lockdown (which Johnson ordered on January 04) runs until March 31 in order to allow a "controlled" easing of restrictions back into local tiers.

But in response to MPs' questions, the PM claimed there was a "cautious presumption" that restrictions could start being eased from mid-February.

"And as was the case last spring, our emergence from the lockdown cocoon will be not a big bang but a gradual unwrapping", Johnson told the House.

The PM's statement to the House of Commons was overshadowed by more grim news as it was revealed that a record 62,322 new Covid-19 infections were registered on Wednesday (January 06), an increase from Tuesday's (January 05) 60,916 cases.

In addition, 1,041 coronavirus-related deaths were registered on Wednesday (January 06).

To make matters worse, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has revealed there are currently 30,074 Covid-19 patients in British hospitals, a record number during the nearly year-long pandemic.

Reacting to all the grim news, Labor leader, Keir Starmer, told the House of Commons the government's decisions "have led us to the position we're now in".



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