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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Today the Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an emergency announcement as concerns grow over new strains of coronavirus in the UK. While he confirmed there would be no disruption to the planned easing of restrictions on Monday, May 17, he did warn there could be "hard choices" ahead amid a rise in cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19. Addressing the nation at a Number 10 press conference alongside Professor Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson said: "Throughout this pandemic, we've tried to keep people abreast of the latest information as soon as we get it. "And since I spoke to you last Monday, we've seen further clusters of the B.1.617.2, the variant first observed in India. "We've seen it especially in Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen and some other parts of the country. "At this stage there are some important unknowns." Read More Related Articles Covid booster shots being developed to tackle new mutations of virus Read More Related Articles India variant rise will not delay plan to lift measures from Monday No disruption to May 17 lockdown easing The PM said: "We believe this variant is more transmissible than the previous one, in other words it passes more easily from person to person, but we don't know by how much. "I am told that if it's only marginally more transmissible, we can continue more or less as planned." People should get tested twice a week Boris Johnson said everyone should be getting tested twice a week and urged people to isolate in the event of a positive test. He also urged people in areas where the new variant has been detected to act "with caution" following easing of lockdown rules from Monday. Get a Liverpool Echo newsletter today The Liverpool Echo sends newsletters on a wide range of topics - including our daily news bulletin, now going out three times a day. There are others on what's on, politics, court news, Knowsley, Wirral, and arts & culture, as well as both Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the biggest stories, sent straight to your inbox. How to sign up for an Echo Email Update 1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link. 2) Put your email in the box where indicated 3) Tick as many boxes as you like, for each newsletter you want.
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. The PM said: "For those living in Bolton and other affected areas, there is now a greater risk from this new variant so I urge you to be extra cautious. "Our best chance of suppressing this variant is to clamp down on it where it is and we will be throwing everything we can at this task.
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"Colonel Russ Miller, Commander of the North West Region, will be deployed to support local leaders in managing the response on the ground. "There will be surge testing, with mobile testing units, and the army will be on the streets handing out tests. "And there will targeted new activity in Bolton and Blackburn to accelerate vaccine take-up among eligible cohorts, including longer opening hours at vaccination sites." Acceleration of vaccine rollout There will be an acceleration of the second doses of the vaccine for people over 50 and anyone who is yet to have their first jab and is over 40. The PM said: "Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, we will accelerate remaining second doses to the over 50s and those clinically vulnerable right across the country so they are just eight weeks after the first dose, and if you are in this group the NHS will be in touch with you. "We will also prioritise first doses for anyone eligible who has not yet come forwards, including the over 40s - and I urge anyone in those groups to come forwards as soon as you can." Too early to say if lockdown will lift on June 21 According to the government's roadmap out of lockdown, Stage 4 will be a total lifting of all rules around meeting socially. This is planned for June 21, but today the PM said this could be disrupted because of the Indian variant. Mr Johnson said: "I have to level with you that this could be a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step 4 in June, and I must again stress we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe. "Our surveillance and data gathering is now so advanced, that if there was a danger of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, we would see the signs in the data very early on and could react in good time, and that gives us the confidence to continue moving forwards for now.
"But I urge everyone to exercise the greatest caution because the choices we each make in the coming days will have a material effect on the road ahead." He also said "nothing was off the table" when it comes to controlling the virus - meaning local lockdowns and going back steps are a possibility if cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise. No plans to target areas with vaccine Chris Whitty was asked if areas that have seen a rise in cases of the Indian variant could give the vaccine to all adults, even those under 30. But the professor and government's senior scientific advisor said this would not happen and the country would continue vaccinating the most vulnerable first then going down the age groups.
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