Boris Johnson refuses to rule out full lockdown & warns Brits restrictions will get tougher to stop mutant CovidJanuary 3, 2021
BORIS Johnson today refused to rule out a full national lockdown and warned he may have to introduce tougher coronavirus restrictions “in the next few weeks”.
The Prime Minister said we need to be “realistic” about the pace of which the new mutant Covid variant is spreading across the country.
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He said new “tougher” measures may need to be used in “many parts of the country” in a desperate bid to reduce the number of coronavirus cases.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said “yes” when asked whether it may be necessary to bring in new tougher restrictions.
He added: “It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country.
"I'm fully reconciled to that, I bet the people of this country are reconciled to that until the vaccine comes on stream in a massive way, we're fighting this virus with the same set of tools.”
The 56-year-old would not speculate on the type of new restrictions but said the country would probably be aware of the types of things the government could introduce.
He added: “You've spoken about Tier 5, I haven't said that. But there are obviously a range of tougher measures that we would have to consider.
"I don't want to speculate, I'm not going to speculate now about what they might be but I'm sure all our viewers and listeners will understand the sort of things.
“And you've mentioned some, school closures, which we had to do in March, is one of those things. It's not something we necessarily want to do.”
Speaking about the new mutant strain, he said: “We've got to be realistic about the pace of which the new variant is spreading.
“We've got to be realistic about the impact it's having on the NHS. And we've got to be humbled in the face of this virus.
"We can see the way ahead, we can see what's coming down the track in terms of a route forward, we can see how to get out of this, but we do have a tough period ahead.
"The message I'm trying to get over to people is the same when I was on in October.
"You said 'how does it look' and I said we're going to have a very bumpy period at Christmas and beyond, but I thought by spring things would be better.
"And I stick to that, I think that's roughly how it's going to be.”
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