London, 7th January: The national lockdown in the UK which officially started from Wednesday, will unwrap slowly.
Baaghi TV: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the gradual unwrapping of the strict lockdown in the country.
According to reports, Johnson has won parliament’s backing for England’s latest coronavirus lockdown after telling lawmakers that schools would be the first to reopen when he can start a gradual unwrapping of the strict measures.
Johnson reiterated that the decision of a lockdown and the abrupt closure of all schools was necessary as the new, more contagious, coronavirus variant poses a threat to the health services of the country.
He was faced with criticism at the timing of the lockdown to which Johnson justified his decision on schools, saying:
“And when we begin to move out of lockdown I promise they will be the very first things to reopen. That moment may come after the February half-term, although we should remain extremely cautious about the timetable ahead. And as was the case last spring, our emergence from the lockdown cocoon will be not a big bang but a gradual unwrapping.”
Lawmakers voted 524-16 in favour of the lockdown, which is already in law.
Earlier, Johnson had been criticised for being too slow to introduce strict regulations in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and he was not expecting to face a rebellion from his Conservative Party in the vote on the latest lockdown.
He said, “legislation would run until March 31 not because we expect the full national lockdown to continue until then, but to allow a steady, controlled and evidence-led move down through the tiers (of restrictions) on a regional basis”.
Britain has been among the countries worst-hit by COVID-19, with the highest death toll in Europe and the number of cases reaching record highs.
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