Boris Johnson “optimistic” he can set out plan to ease lockdown in England – BBC News

well the prime minister says he hopes to begin lifting lockdown restrictions in england from next month beginning with schools then non-essential shops followed by pubs and restaurants mr johnson also said that people will have to learn to live with coronavirus echoing a suggestion by his health secretary that it could be managed like flu by the end of the year some scientists have warned against easing restrictions too quickly even if the vaccination program remains on target here's our political correspondent jonathan blake day by day thousands more injections to vaccinate people against coronavirus by monday the government is confident it will have met its aim of offering 15 million people their first jab delicious on a visit to a vaccine manufacturer in t-side today the prime minister said he was cautiously optimistic about covid19 being contained long-term new therapies are being discovered the whole time which are enabling us to reduce mortality improve our treatments of the of the disease so yes i i do think that in due time it will become something that we simply live with effective vaccines are crucial to allowing restrictions to be lifted and the government's promised a more detailed timeline soon but boris johnson gave some idea of the order in which things would open up starting with with schools we very much hope on march the 8th that's got to be the priority our children's education our kids education is the number one priority but then working forwards to getting non-essential retail open as well and then in due course as and when we can prudently and cautiously of course we want to be opening hospitality as well but some advising the government warned that even with effective vaccines a resurgence in cases can't be ruled out i don't believe anyone expects we're suddenly going to lift all the social restrictions i i don't think really anyone's thinking that way we're just going to immediately lift them and not care what happens but if if for some reason we did choose to to just pretend it wasn't here anymore at some point then yes yes there is the potential to go back to a wave that's the similar size to the one we're in now a drink in the spring sunshine might feel a long way off and downing street has dismissed as speculation talk that pubs and restaurants could be serving us outside by april but the more people get vaccinated and the more the government talks about living with coronavirus long term the more the pressure to get life back to normal will grow if it's the same level as flu we don't think for a second of locking down the country over flu there will come a point where there will be a death rate from from uh from covid but it's at a normal level and then we have to cope with that obviously we still try and prevent it but we but we accept it i think we have to there's an acceptance in government that this lockdown must be the last in england so while ministers feel the frustration they're proceeding with caution jonathan blake bbc news

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