Boris says some Covid measures could be relaxed by mid-February

The government is ‘looking at the potential of relaxing some’ Covid-19 restrictions before mid-February, Boris Johnson has said.

But the prime minister could not guarantee that schools would be back before Easter.

He continued: ‘I do think now this massive achievement has been made of rolling out this vaccination programme, I think people want to see us making sure we don’t throw that away by having a premature relaxation and then another big surge of infection.

‘I totally understand the frustrations of parents, I really thank teachers for what they’re doing, the immense efforts they’re going to to teach kids online, and the Government has provided a lot of laptops… I know that’s no substitute for direct face-to-face learning.

‘Believe me there’s nothing I want to do more than reopen schools, I’ve fought to keep schools open for as long as I possibly could.’

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