COVID-19: ‘It’s on all of us’ – Matt Hancock warns easing lockdown could be slower than PM’s timeline
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the government’s timeline for unlocking coronavirus restrictions won’t be sped up – and could even be slowed as ministers remain “vigilant” against infection rates.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a four-stage roadmap for lifting England’s lockdown over the next four months, with a five-week gap between each stage.
Some Conservative MPs have complained the roadmap, beginning with the return of all pupils to schools on 8 March, doesn’t remove restrictions fast enough.
But, speaking to Sky News, Mr Hancock described the five-week gap between each stage of easing restrictions as “vital”.
“It’s very, very important that we can see…