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Lockdown sceptic MPs want Covid restrictions lifting soon, PM warned

Lockdown sceptic MPs have told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Covid-19 restrictions must be lifted by the end of April.

They have written to the PM saying there is “no justification” to carry on constraints once all over-50s have been offered a vaccine.

The COVID Recovery Group (CRG) said re-opening England’s schools on March 8th was a “national priority”.


Also, pubs and restaurants should be back in business by Easter – the first week of April.

More than 60 Conservative backbenchers are said to have backed the letter.

The group wrote:

“COVID is a serious disease and we must control it.

“However, just like COVID, lockdowns and restrictions cause immense social and health damage, and have a huge impact on people’s livelihoods.

“The vaccine gives us immunity from COVID, but it must also give us permanent immunity from COVID-related lockdowns and restrictions.”

Mr Johnson plans to show a roadmap for easing England’s lockdown on February 22nd.

He insists reopening schools is his aim.

By then the Government’s four priority groups for a vaccine will have been achieved.

This week sees the start of the fifth group – the over 65s – being offered jabs.

The first four groups have accounted for 88% of death and 55% of people in hospital.

The CRG said: “All restrictions beyond this date should be proportionate to the ever-increasing number of people we have protected.”

Mr Johnson said he was “optimistic” about the next few months.

He added however: “We have to be wary of the pattern of disease.

“We don’t want to be forced into any kind of retreat or reverse ferret.”



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