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Romford MP calls for PM to ease restrictions faster “if the data allows it”

Andrew Rosindell has praised the fast pace of the coronavirus vaccine rollout 

The MP for Romford has called for the Prime Minister to be “flexible” with his roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown. 

Andrew Rosindell is asking Boris Johnson to consider easing restrictions faster “if the data allows it”. 

Earlier today, the Prime Minister set out a four step plan for gradually lifting the lockdown. 

Schools and colleges are expected to open for all students on Monday, 8 March while non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms might be able to reopen from Monday, 12 April.

Restaurants, pubs and cinemas may be able to operate fully again from Monday, 17 March and all restrictions could be lifted by Monday, 21 June. 

There will be a five week gap between each step to allow the Government to examine whether the vaccine programme is still reducing hospitalisations and deaths.

The Government will also look at whether infection rates are at risk of causing a surge of hospitalisations and if new variants of the virus pose a serious threat. 

Mr Rosindell said, if the figures remain positive, Boris Johnson should consider lifting restrictions more quickly. 

“The Prime Minister has also been clear that this will be the last lockdown.” said Mr Rosindell. “He has been able to make this commitment because of the phenomenal pace of the vaccine rollout, for which the Government deserves enormous credit. By mid-April, the top 8 priority groups, covering the top 9 priority groups and 99% of hospitalisations will have received a first dose of the vaccine.

“However, the pace of the vaccine rollout, and the emerging data of the impact of vaccines on transmission, do raise questions about the speed at which the Government is lifting restrictions. An abundance of caution may please the scientists, but it will continue to compound the enormous economic damage already done.

“While the Prime Minister indicated a willingness to slow down the process of opening up, the Prime Minister should also show flexibility and a willingness to move faster, if the data allows it.”

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