The PM has sparked further confusion by appearing to suggest that the measures could be relaxed early – only for Downing Street to make it clear that they will not

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Boris Johnson sparked further confusion after claiming he would “examine” the possibility of relaxing some lockdown rules before February 15

The Prime Minister surprised journalists with this claim today – and added that he “will decide before then whether we can get the schools back”

But he declined to say when schools would actually return – and refused to rule out that classrooms in England would not fully reopen until after Easter

The Conservative leader also had no idea what he meant by ‘watching’ the easing of restrictions until mid-February It seemed like he meant that conversations about easing restrictions – not the easing itself – could take place by February 15.

A few moments after his comments, a source n ° 10 clarified: “The quotation of the PM of the 15th is misinterpreted This remains the first stage at which we could modify one of the rules”

The government was still going to have to say before February 15 whether schools were going to open or not, because it promised two weeks’ notice and it was hoped that the schools would reopen from February 22

During a visit to a vaccination site in North London, PM was asked if he had any idea about reopening schools

He replied, “We look at the data as it comes in, we look at the infection rates, as you know JCVI groups 1 through 4 [every over 70, shields , the NHS and healthcare workers and nursing home residents] will be vaccinated by February 15

But he added: “Remember this country has made huge strides in reducing infection, I don’t think people want to see another big increase in infection”

He added: “We will see where we are on February 15th, where as you know we hope to have vaccinated around 15 million people across the UK, JCVI groups 1-4, real priority groups

“But I can tell you that we review the data daily and try to determine when we can lift the restrictions

“Schools will obviously be a priority, but I don’t think anyone would want to see the restrictions lifted so quickly while the infection rate is still very high, in order to lead to another large spread of the infection.”

Said he did not guarantee that schools would reopen before Easter, the Prime Minister replied: “You should not assume that” But he did not give such a guarantee

The Prime Minister is under increasing pressure to give children and parents the certainty of when schools can reopen as children fear they will be “forgotten victims” of the pandemic

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Only vulnerable children or key workers attend school in person, others learning from home

The government was still almost 500,000 laptops last week short of its promise to deliver 13 million devices to England

Former party chief whip Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of skeptical Tory MPs, said lockdown measures should be relaxed two or three weeks after the four priority groups are vaccinated next month

“At this point you need to start bringing the economy back to life, and the first thing to reopen is our schools so that our children can come back, mingle with their friends and further their education and development. social take place, he told the BBC

“What we are asking now is that the government present this plan and provide clarification”

She said schools should reopen “as soon as possible” – and called on ministers to outline at Downing Street press conferences the progress made towards reopening

Ms Longfield warned the school closures had a “huge impact” on children – affecting their mental health and widening the learning gap

It comes as the government remains locked in discussions over how to tighten UK borders to stop potential vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants

Ministers have reportedly agreed that arrivals in the UK – including returning Brits – should be forced to quarantine in guarded hotels rather than private homes

But there would be a divergence on whether this should cover arrivals from all countries, or only those with the greatest Covid risk

Boris Johnson also said the government is ‘definitely considering’ the possibility that travelers arriving in the UK will be forced to quarantine in hotels

He said: “We have to realize that there is at least the theoretical risk that a new variant which is an anti-vaccine variant comes along, we have to be able to keep that under control.”

M Johnson continued: ‘With this vaccination program we have completed, I think 63.64 million people now in the UK as a whole

“We are fair, just, we are on the right track to achieve our ambition to vaccinate all members of these vulnerable groups by mid-February

“We want to make sure we protect our people, protect this country from reinfection from abroad

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