COVID-19: Atticus Communications Consultancy and Pro Bono Support

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Highlights from the UK Government’s daily press briefing

Monday 14 June 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he confirmed that he would delay removing COVID-19 restrictions in England until 19 July.

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that he would delay the removal of COVID-19 restrictions in England until 19 July
  • The Prime Minister noted that the interval between first and second COVID-19 jabs would be slashed from 12 weeks to 8 weeks for the over-40s
  • Downing Street confirmed that the latest data showed the Delta variant was between 40-80 per cent more transmissible
  • Johnson added that by Monday 19 July, the Government would aim to have double-jabbed 66% of the adult population, including:
  • Everyone over 50
  • All vulnerable people
  • All health workers
  • All frontline workers
  • Everyone over 40 who had received their first dose by mid-May
  • The Prime Minister stated that the target to give every adult a first dose of vaccine would be brought forward to 19 July
  • The Prime Minister noted that if after two weeks the risk diminishes, the government reserves the possibility to proceed to Step 4 of the roadmap

Monday 10 May 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference where he confirmed that England would continue onto the next step on the roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions.

Below are the key highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the four tests for the further easing of lockdown restrictions have now been reached and that England will be moving to step 3 from Monday 17 May
  • From next Monday, indoor hospitality can reopen, and indoor entertainment can resume
  • Up to 6 people will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors
  • The Prime Minister noted that over 35 million have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with almost 18 million having received two doses
  • Johnson noted that hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 were now at their lowest levels since July 2020
  • The Prime Minister added that there would be details published at the end of May about the role of social distancing
  • Regarding the next step of the roadmap, the Prime Minister said that England remains on track to move to step 4 on 21 June

Monday, 5 April 2021:


This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a press conference to determine whether England would be proceeding with its roadmap out of lockdown.

Below are the highlights from the UK Government’s press briefing:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that, from Monday 12 April, the government will move to Step Two of its roadmap for England
  • Moving to Step Two will allow for the opening of non-essential retail, gyms, zoos, personal care services (such as hairdressers), campsites, beer gardens and all kinds of hospitality
  • Prime Minister Johnson noted that the government has published on gov.uk the ‘early thinking’ regarding the four Roadmap Reviews
  • Johnson stated that the government will be sticking to the roadmap as nothing from the data, at present, means that it will need to deviate from the plan
  • Johnson mentioned that he was “hopeful” international travel could go ahead from 17 May and that the Global Travel Taskforce will report later this week
  • As of 5 April 2021, 60% of the adult population have had their first dose of the vaccine
  • Today, the UK recorded 26 new deaths and 2,762 new cases of COVID-19
  • As of 5 April, 31,581.623 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 5,432,126 having received a second dose



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