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Boris Johnson warns data ‘ambiguous’ for June 21 reopening but ‘nothing’ to suggest delay

Boris Johnson: Data for lifting lockdown is 'ambiguous'

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Boris Johnson apologised to the public after he admitted it was frustrating not to have a clear answer on whether reopening would be delayed. But the Prime Minister told reporters he still did not see anything in the data so far which could suggest a lockdown lifting delay. He added the data was still ambiguous however and that he is working closely with scientists to react to any sudden surge in cases or deaths. 

He told reporters: “I can see nothing in the data at the moment that means we can’t go ahead with the June 21 date. 

“But we have to be so cautious because there is no question the ONS data is showing an increase. 

“We always knew that was going to happen, we always said the unlocking steps would lead to increases in infection. 

“What we need to work out is what extent has the vaccination programme protected us, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, against a new surge. 

“There I’m afraid the data is still ambiguous, so every day we are having long sessions where we are interrogating all the data and the best the scientists can say at the moment in their guidance to us is that we need to give it a little bit longer. 

“I’m sorry that’s frustrating for people and I know people want a clear answer about June 21 but at the moment we have to wait a little bit longer.”

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