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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Prime Minister has confirmed lockdown restrictions will be eased as planned on Monday (May 17) - but rules being fully relaxed on June 21 are now at risk. Boris Johnson was speaking at a Downing Street press briefing on Friday (May 14) where he was joined by England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty. During the coronavirus briefing this evening (Friday) - which lasted around 40 minutes - Boris Johnson said there is much "we just do not know" about the new Indian variant, but that Step 3 of the roadmap will still go ahead as planned on Monday, May 17. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here. No 10 announced the briefing earlier today in response to the rising number of Indian variant cases across the UK - including in York. According to data published by Public Health England, four people have now died from the variant of concern as of May 12. Below is a roundup of five things we learnt from the Prime Minister's most recent press briefing. 1. Indian variant could delay lockdown lifting on June 21 The PM maintained throughout this evening's press conference that there are still things "we just do not know" about the Indian variant of coronavirus. But he did warn that it could potentially disrupt the country entering the final step of the roadmap out of lockdown on June 21. Read More Related Articles Live Yorkshire Covid updates as Boris Johnson to give 5pm Covid briefing after surge in Indian variant cases Boris Johnson said the government could "face some hard choices" if the variant proves to be "significantly more transmissible" than others currently known to scientists. But the PM praised the country's vaccine rollout and insisted we are "in a different position than before Christmas" due to its success. 2. Lockdown will be eased as planned on Monday (May 17) The Prime Minister confirmed lockdown restrictions will be eased as planned on Monday - despite a surge in cases believed to be driven by the Indian strain. Mr Johnson said there is currently no evidence to suggest the roadmap should be delayed - but added he would "react early on" if the NHS was to come under "unsustainable pressure".
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. Second doses to be brought forward for over 50s and clinically vulnerable Boris Johnson maintained we should "trust in our vaccines to protect the public" and announced second doses will now be brought forward for some. He added that there is no evidence to suggest the new Indian variation can evade vaccines. A second dose will now be offered to people over 50, as well as the clinically vulnerable, eight weeks after they receive their first jab. The PM added that over 40s will now be given priority for a first dose. Professor Chris Whitty said: "What we do want to do is ensure people have their second vaccines, which is why we're shortening the period from 12 weeks to eight weeks, because people who have the vaccine have greater protection against the original variant and the new variant." Enter your postcode to find your nearest vaccine centre
4. Indian variant more transmissible than the Kent strain Prof Whitty has confirmed the Indian variant of coronavirus has been found to be more transmissible than the Kent variant. He said cases of the Indian strain are "on an exponential growth" at the same time that the B117 strain (the Kent variant) has been on a downward slope. "There is now confidence, and Sage has looked at the data, this variant is more transmissible than B117," he said. 5. Everyone should receive their first jab by the end of July Prof Whitty said the country's vaccine rollout is continuing to progress in a "steady but rapid way". He maintained the risk of suffering serious illness due to the virus is still "very strongly correlated with age". "The rate of vaccination is continuing to be very steady now," he said. "We hope to get all the way through to everybody having their first vaccine by the end of July - that is the aim."
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