Britain’s government hopes to ease some lockdown restrictions in March as it presses ahead with Europe’s fastest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, said on Sunday.
The country, which also has Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll, has been under national lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools closed for most pupils, non-essential businesses shut and people ordered to work from home where possible.
“What we want to do is get out of this national lockdown as soon as possible,’’ Raab told Sky News. By early spring, hopefully, by March, we’ll be in a position to make those decisions. I think it’s right to say we won’t do it all in one big bang”.
“As we phase out the national lockdown, I think we’ll end up phasing through a (regional) tiered approach.’’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a target of vaccinating the oldest age groups, the clinically vulnerable and frontline workers, roughly 14 million people by the middle of February.
He said that England can consider easing lockdown restrictions from that time if all goes smoothly.