Liverpool news PM 'anxious' about Indian variant and 'won't rule anything out' PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister said there could be measures imposed on local areas with higher cases
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson has confirmed that the government is "anxious" about the Indian coronavirus variant, as he refused to rule any measures out. The Prime Minister said that meetings were going on today to establish what actions the government could take, with local lockdowns possible in areas where cases are surging. Scientists are keeping a close eye on the spread of the variant across the UK, with new figures from Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday expected to show a big rise in cases. Asked about concerns over the Indian variant circulating in the UK, the Prime Minister said: "It is a variant of concern, we are anxious about it." Speaking at a primary school in Ferryhill, County Durham, Boris Johnson said: "At the moment there is a very wide range of scientific opinion about what could happen. "We want to make sure we take all the prudential, cautious steps now that we could take, so there are meetings going on today to consider exactly what we need to do. "There is a range of things we could do, we are ruling nothing out." Asked if local lockdowns were possible, Mr Johnson said: "There are a range of things we could do, we want to make sure we grip it. 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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." He added: "If we have to do other things, then of course the public would want us to rule nothing out. We have always been clear we would be led by the data. "At the moment, I can see nothing that dissuades me from thinking we will be able to go ahead on Monday and indeed on June 21, everywhere, but there may be things we have to do locally and we will not hesitate to do them if that is the advice we get." Asked if masks and social distancing would be scrapped, Mr Johnson said more announcements would be made before the end of the month.
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He added: "I think we have to wait a little bit longer to see how the data is looking but I am cautiously optimistic about that and provided this Indian variant doesn't take off in the way some people fear, I think certainly things could get back much, much closer to normality." Downing Street confirmed that officials would not "rule anything out" when asked if the Government was considering surge vaccinations to accompany surge testing in areas with spikes of new variants. The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "We want to consider all options. "The Prime Minister said earlier today we're not going to rule anything out, we want to make sure that we keep the public safe and keep our road map on track.
"The meeting is happening with Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) today and should they come out with any further updates on this variant originating in India and the epidemiology in the UK then we will consider it." But Downing Street said there were "no plans" to reintroduce the tier system in England amid concerns local restrictions could be needed in areas where variants are identified. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We have set out what we want to do on the road map, moving together as a nation on this, and that has been very successful so far. "There are no plans to reintroduce tiering measures, like I say we have got a raft of measures available to us which are already in place, with regards local testing, surge testing and tracing."
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