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Covid England: Boris Johnson urged to loosen lockdown as cases fall

Added 01-25-21 12:36:02pm EST - “The PM said ministers will be 'looking at the potential of relaxing some measures' with the four most vulnerable groups on track to have been given vaccines by February 15.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Furious MPs summon Gavin Williamson to Commons over schools plan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Britain today recorded the fewest coronavirus cases in a day since December 15 with 22,195 more people testing positive – a 41 per cent drop on last Monday – and new deaths remained level at 592, down one per cent in a week.

The latest numbers came as Boris Johnson is facing growing pressure from Tory MPs to lay out his lockdown exit strategy after he triggered confusion this morning by hinting 'some' curbs could be eased in mid-February.

But he defied a growing Conservative mutiny by refusing to guarantee that schools will re-open by Easter. The PM said ministers will be 'looking at the potential of relaxing some measures' with the four most vulnerable groups on track to have been given vaccines by February 15. 

But in comments that muddied the water even further, he stressed that infections are still 'very high' and only pledged that children will be back in the classroom 'as soon as possible' - despite demands for a firm timetable and accusations he is putting the economy above education.

The mixed signals left Downing Street scrambling to clarify that February 15 is merely the 'earliest point' that the rules will be reviewed, and the expectation is that they will remain the same. Gavin Williamson has committed to giving parents and teachers at least two weeks' notice, suggesting that there is no prospect of schools in England coming back until at least March. 

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