Lockdown could be extended until ALL over-50s receive second coronavirus vaccine dose | UK | News (Reports)

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It comes as official data shows that 6.353 million people received their first COVID-19 jab in the UK. On Sunday, Britain recorded 30,004 new COVID-19 cases.

The UK also registered a further 610 deaths in the latest 24-hour period.

Ministers are currently contemplating the introduction of proposals to reopen parts of the country’s economy in April in a “halfway house” scenario, according to the Telegraph.

The measures would be unveiled under similar restrictions to those put in place over the summer.

This would include the rule of six restriction and measures to enforce social distancing.

However, sources told the Telegraph that a full reopening is likely to be delayed for at least 12 to 14 weeks so that people over-50 can secure the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The paper reported that ministers want to reopen hospitality venues before the G7 summit in June.

The event will see world leaders come together in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

Coronavirus measures in the UK are expected to be eased in the run up to the summit including the reopening of pubs, restaurants and tourism.

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This will be followed by an easing of some social restrictions to allow family and friends to meet outdoors.

Then hospitality venues are expected to reopen with social distancing measures enforced.

But a Downing Street spokesman said: “It’s not a timetable under discussion”.

On Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned it would be a “long, long way” before COVID-19 cases are low enough for lockdown to end.

He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge that “early evidence” shows how tough restrictions around the UK are beginning to decrease the number of new infections.

But Mr Hancock also warned that the NHS is facing “enormous” pressure.

The Health Secretary also admitted “I really worry” about new COVID-19 variants that have not been discovered yet.

Mr Hancock said he is not sure whether schools will be able to reopen fully by Easter.

He told Sky News: “We should be worried enough, all of us, about this pandemic to follow the rules and it is just so important that people do.

“This morning I’ve come out of my formal self-isolation, I haven’t actually left the house yet because I haven’t needed to.”

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