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Freedom Day on June 21 hangs in the balance as Boris calls stats 'ambiguous'

Boris Johnson has said the data is still too ‘ambiguous’ to say whether the end of lockdown on June 21 can go ahead.

The Prime Minister says the country has to ‘wait a little bit longer’ before finding out whether restrictions are ending, despite the date now being less than three weeks away.

Speaking to broadcasters, the Prime Minister reiterated there is ‘nothing in the data at the moment that means we cannot go ahead with Step 4’ of lifting coronavirus restrictions.

‘But we’ve got to be so cautious,’ he added, as he said infection rates were increasing.

‘We always knew that was going to happen,’ the Prime Minister said, adding: ‘What we need to work out is to what extent the vaccination programme has protected enough of us, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, against a new surge, and there I’m afraid the data is still ambiguous.

‘The best the scientists can say at the moment is we just need to give it a little bit longer.’

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