MATT Hancock will lead another Downing Street press conference this afternoon to upgrade Brits on our battle versus the coronavirus.
His statement comes hours after the PM, Boris Johnson, verified “we are starting a journey, a one-way road map to freedom”.
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What time is Matt Hancock’s statement?
The Health Secretary will lead a Downing Street interview on coronavirus this afternoon, Monday March 1, 2021.
Mr Hancock’s announcement will be offered from 5pm.
What is Matt Hancock expected to announce?
The political leader will upgrade audiences on the current coronavirus death toll, the variety of those infected, and our newest Covid jab stats.
Mr Hancock is likewise expected to discuss the Brazilian “variation of issue” that has actually been discovered in the UK.
A rise screening programme is today underway in postal codes across England to try and trace the rogue bug.
The Health Secretary will advise anyone in affected locations to come forward for fresh screening to help include its spread.
There is also a massive look for a secret individual infected with the Brazilian version.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “There is one case who the person didn’t fill in their test card information so we can call them. They most likely got a house set or a test kit from their local authority.
” What we’re asking today is if anybody had a test on February 12 or 13 to call NHS 119 so we ensure we identify that individual.”
It is feared the mutant strain could interfere with plans to raise all lockdown steps in the UK by June 21 – a professional has actually recommended.
Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College said the general public should be “rather anxious but not [be in a state of] overall panic.”
But he recommended the Brazilian version might have a real impact on the UK’s jab rollout, saying, “the way I think of it is it’s a bit like … the effect that the Kent variant had … it simply slowed whatever up.”
If the rogue bug does slow the UK jab rollout, Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap will almost certainly be affected as one of the key conditions for June 21 lifting of measures is vaccines continuing at their current pace.
Mr Johnson confirmed that a “huge effort” was underway to fight the variant.
However, there is “no factor not to believe that our vaccines work versus these variations of issue at the present time” and Public Health England “do not think that there is a threat to the broader public”, the PM added.
He likewise told reporters today: “What we are doing is embarking now on a journey, a one-way plan to flexibility and it is designedly mindful in order to be permanent.”
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