There has been reports of low cases and deaths as a result of the lockdown and not because of the vaccines, Boris Johnson says as over-40s began queuing for jabs.
With beer gardens packed, shoppers and families queuing for stores and hairdressers, the Prime Minister warned the fall in Covid-19 infections, hospital admissions and deaths “has not been achieved by the vaccination programme” but by tough restrictions imposed in the first week of January.
“Of course the vaccination programme has helped, but the bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown,” Mr Johnson said.
“So, as we unlock, the result will inevitably be we will see more infection, sadly we will see more hospitalisation and deaths. People have just got to understand that.”
Despite officials launching Britain’s biggest Covid-19 surge testing operation to tackle 44 cases of the South African coronavirus variant in South London, the PM insisted he “can’t see any reason” to change his “roadmap” for unlocking the economy.
People who live, work or travel through Lambeth and Wandsworth have been urged to get highly accurate polymerase chain reaction coronavirus tests even if they do not have symptoms.