Brits out of lockdown in ‘matter of weeks’ with rule of six returning

The end of lockdown could be in sight as the vaccine roll out smashes its 15 million jabs target.

Boris Johnson will not reveal the government's plans for relaxing coronavirus measures until next Monday but non-essential businesses are likely to reopen in a matter of weeks.

Children are set to return to school from March 8 with high street shops, pubs and restaurants not too far behind if infection rates continue to drop, The Sun reports.

The first target of 15 million Covid-19 vaccinations in Britain has been hit two days earlier than planned, giving the Prime Minister are rare reason to be positive.

Mr Johnson told CBS News: "Thanks to the efforts of the British people, the lockdown, plus possibly the effect of the vaccine, we’re going to see the rates coming down more sharply.

  • Fliers warned over '5-hour' border queues as first guests check into quarantine hotels

"They’re falling at the moment. We want to be in a position where we can begin to open up.

"This country has achieved an extraordinary feat, administering a total of 15million jabs into the arms of some of the most vulnerable people in the country."

He said it has been a "truly national UK-wide effort", adding: "We’ve done it together."

It is hoped that by Easter which falls on April 4 this year, people in England will be able to meet loved ones for the first time in months.

A return of the rule of six is likely to allow friends and family to meet outside this spring.

The first step towards social freedom is expected to be the ability to meet someone from another household outdoors without having to exercise together to justify it.

This is thought to be set in place on the same day school children go back in three weeks time.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This accomplishment is thanks to the incredible efforts of frontline NHS workers, vaccine volunteers, the Armed Forces and all those working in local and central government."

Now the most vulnerable people and those working with them have all been offered the vaccine, the NHS aims to reach 32million Brits including all over-50s and those in at-risk groups by the beginning of May.

Source: Read Full Article