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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister led a press conference outlining the UK's response after it emerged the variant was linked to four deaths
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson addressed the nation this evening as concerns over the Indian variant of coronavirus mount. The Prime Minister led a Downing Street press conference outlining the UK's response after it emerged the variant has been linked to four deaths. Most significantly, he announced that second doses of the vaccine will be accelerated to eight weeks among the over-50s and clinically vulnerable. Until now, those who have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine had to wait twelve weeks before being able to attend for their second dose. He added: "We will also prioritise first doses for anyone eligible who has not yet come forward including the over 40s." The Prime Minister warned that the Indian variant could make it "more difficult" for England to move to step four of the Government's road map out of lockdown in June. Johnson said that if the Indian variant proves to be "significantly more transmissible" than other strains "we’re likely to face some hard choices." People queue for the vaccination centre at the Essa Academy in Bolton where the Indian variant of coronavirus has been detected (Image: PA) "I’m told that if it is only marginally more transmissible we can continue more or less as planned but if the variant is significantly more transmissible we’re likely to face some hard choices," he told the press conference. But he said there is "no evidence to suggest that our vaccines will be less effective in protecting people against severe illness and hospitalisation." "I do not believe that we need, on the present evidence, to delay our road map and we will proceed with our plan to move to step three in England from Monday," he added. Mr Johnson has faced pressure to introduce 'surge' vaccinations for young people in areas such as Bolton which have the highest case rates of the Indian variant in the UK. Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows Covid cases have more than doubled in a week in the UK - from 520 to 1,313 - with the agency saying cases were 'rising in the community' and that it was assessing the impact and severity of the variant. Despite some questions over whether Bolton could face another 'local lockdown, Mr Johnson confirmed that restrictions will be eased in the borough and across England from Monday (17). He did not bow to pressure from some local leaders, who had encouraged the Prime Minister to introduce surge vaccinations in the younger age groups such as the over-18s. Seven-day case rates by age in Bolton "To those living in Bolton and Blackburn I'm very sorry that you're once again suffering from this virus," he said.
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. "But, it's now more vital than ever that you play your part in stopping the spread. "So we won't be preventing businesses from reopening on Monday but we will be asking you to do your bit. "Take the vaccine when you can get your free twice weekly rapid tests and if you do test positive you must self-isolate and we'll provide financial support to those on low incomes to help them do so."
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The Prime Minister also announced that the army would be deployed on the streets of Blackburn and Bolton - handing out tests to help the surge testing efforts. There will also be an acceleration of the vaccine rollout there, including longer opening hours at vaccination centres. "If you’re seeing loved ones, think really carefully about the risk to them, especially if they haven’t had that second dose or if it hasn’t yet had time to take full effect," he said. Asked whether Monday's reopening should be reviewed due to the rising number of cases of the Indian variant, Mr Johnson that he did not deem it necessary.
The number of Covid-19 admissions at Greater Manchester NHS trusts
He said that even in places like Bolton, the NHS was not seeing an increase in hospital admissions, and that the level of hospitalisations across the country remains "quite flat." "What we’re saying is that the public needs to be aware of this barrier to particularly in areas where it is more prevalent," he said. Mr Johnson said that the UK would have to see how the transmissibility of the India variant "pans out." "We will react as soon as we can see clear and unambiguous data about this, and we will do whatever it takes to protect the people in this country," he said. Professor Chris Whitty reassured that delays to the vaccination programme for younger people as a result of accelerating the second doses are not expected. England's Chief Medical Officer told the press conference that he expects the whole population, including the under-30s to be vaccinated by July. "The prioritisation of second doses will not, we think, delay the situation, the rollout, for people who are in younger ages," he said.
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