Boris Johnson News – Everything you need to know from Boris Johnson’s latest press conference
Boris Johnson addressed the nation once again yesterday (March 29), as another milestone was hit in the lockdown roadmap.
This week has seen the rule of six return, along with outdoor sports facilities and clubs.
The PM spoke from the new White House-style briefing room at Number 10 Downing Street, which was used for the first time, reports BirminghamLive.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was joined at the 5pm press conference by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
The press briefing was broadcast live from No 10.
These are the main announcements from the PM, as well as the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser:
Proceed with caution
Mr Johnson said Monday March 29 was a “small step” after “months of sacrifice and effort”.
“I know how much it will have meant to millions of people to have joined someone else for a cup of tea in the garden,” he told the public.
However, he says “we must proceed with caution”.
The Prime Minister said: “It’s been a big day as it’s been the first chance for people to see friends and family in a long time.”
At a Downing Street press conference, he said it has been a “big day for many of us” with the first chance to see friends and family outdoors since the lockdown was imposed.
“It’s only because of months of sacrifice and effort that we can take this small step towards freedom today and we must proceed with caution,” he said.
“It’s great to see that yesterday we recorded the lowest number of new infections for six months, deaths and hospital admissions across the UK are continuing to fall.
“That wave is still rising across the channel and it’s inevitable, as we advance on this road map, that there will be more infections and unavoidably more hospitalisations, and sadly more deaths.”
Further deaths inevitable
In a grim update, the PM warned further deaths, cases and infections were coming.
“It is “inevitable as we advance on this roadmap”, he told the public.
Get out and exercise
The PM is encouraging people to go outside and enjoy exercise in the sunny weather – without wanting to get ‘too preachy’.
Mr Johnson says he is excited to be able to play tennis.
Outdoors is generally much safer than indoors, he says.
“Remember hands, face, space and fresh air.”
Cases will rise
Most transmission has been in younger age groups that have not been vaccinated, according to Mr Whitty, who went through the slides today.
That is why, as restrictions are unlocked, cases will rise, according to the chief medical officer.
Sir Patrick Vallance then revealed seven people per 100,000 would expect to be admitted to hospital with COVID over a four-week period in the 25-34 age group.
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After Mr Johnson claimed April would be a month of second doses, Prof Whitty revealed why this was crucial.
After such an impressive roll-out so far, Prof Whitty says it’s ‘essential’ that people come in for their second dose.
Schoolchildren could be affected
Prof Whitty says there has been a steady decrease in the rates of covid over the last several weeks.
But there has been a slight uptick in Covid in children of school age – this is inevitable and is not a dramatic increase, he says.
We should expect that as some opening-ups occur, he says.
Boris Johnson says the rules about what people can do to see family abroad will be governed by the foreign travel restrictions.
He set out a date of April 5, 2021, to reveal more.
Further lockdown steps
When pressed by a member of the public over whether there was mixed messaging with regards to lifting lockdown but urging caution, the PM replied he is pleased to be able to ease some restrictions today and he will be looking at the data before easing them further.
The PM admitted he is unsure how strong the defences are against a third wave, while Mr Whitty says if people stick to social distancing rules when they are outside, the risk of transmission is “massively lower”.
Chris Whitty says people should be wary of foreign travel due to different variants, which may not react to our vaccines.
But the chief medical officer suggested it was not his place to say whether restrictions should be lifted.
He stressed our “biggest concern” is variants from overseas.
When asked if grandparents could hug grandchildren this Easter, if they have had both vaccines, Mr Whitty said vaccines provide increasing levels of protection as we go through.
There is still some vulnerability, he said.
He also said to keep rates down, people should refrain from it, given they may be surrounded by people unvaccinated.
“We are getting there steadily,” he said.
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Boris Johnson News - Everything you need to know from Boris Johnson's latest press conference
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