Boris Johnson to host press conference after lockdown easing review

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to host a press conference tonight as the government looks at the data that will inform the lockdown easing.

The Prime Minister will address the nation at 5pm from Downing Street and will be joined by NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens and chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty.

Mr Johnson is expected to use the conference to celebrate the fact that 15 million people in the four most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated in the UK.

Mr Johnson is also expected to give the latest updates in the coronavirus pandemic as he prepares to deliver the roadmap out of lockdown next week.

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Earlier today the Prime Minister confirmed the government would be providing exact target dates for when each sector would be allowed to reopen.

Speaking to broadcasters in Kent, the Prime Minister said: "If we possibly can, we will be setting out dates.

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"And just to help people think about what we're trying to do on February 22, remember what we did around about this time last year, or a little bit later – we set out a road map going forward into the summer looking a little bit beyond, that's what we're going to be trying to do.

"The dates that we will be setting out will be the dates by which we hope we can do something at the earliest, if you see what I mean – so it's the target date by which we hope to do something at the earliest.

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"If, because of the rate of infection, we have to push something off a little bit to the right, to lay it for a little bit, we won't hesitate to do that.

"I think people would much rather see a plan that was cautious but irreversible and one that proceeds sensibly in accordance with where we are with the disease."

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