Ministers are understood to be drawing up plans for a partial end to the lockdown – as one advisor warned the full plans are ‘highly likely’ to be delayed and Nadhim Zahawi warned we need more information.
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Final lockdown lifting on June 21 has again been thrown into doubt as scientific experts warned it was “too early to be charging ahead” with the plans.
Fears over the spread of the Indian variant and hospitals coming under pressure risk delaying the official roadmap.
Ministers are understood to be drawing up plans for a partial end to the lockdown, despite the government previously hoping to end all legal restrictions from June 21 at the earliest.
The roadmap would potentially allow parties of hundreds of people and the reopening of nightclubs in just a few weeks’ time.
But a government adviser involved in assessing the data told the Sunday Times: “If I was to call it now, I’d say step four is highly likely to be delayed.”
And vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi warned the Government would have to be “cautious” in deciding whether it can press ahead with its relaxation of restrictions in England as planned.
“We have to be cautious. We have to look at the data and share it with the country,” he told the BBC.