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Speaking in the Commons, the Prime Minister said: “It was the emergence of a new variant that forced England back into lockdown and I know everyone yearns to know how much longer we must endure these restrictions.

“We will not persist for a day longer than is necessary but nor can we relax too on, because if we do we run the risk of our NHS coming under still greater pressure, compelling us to reimpose every restriction and sustain those restrictions for longer.”

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Mr Johnson said the current lockdown has managed to bring down the R-rate but it’s still far too early to tell if it’s safe to reopen the country and economy.

There are still too many unknowns regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines in stopping transmission and the speed at which roll out will reduce hospital admissions, according to the Prime Minister.

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