PM's Covid winter plan 'will not rule out lockdowns'

Boris Johnson's Covid winter plan will not rule out future lockdowns as a "last resort", Downing Street has admitted.

The Prime Minister is expected to set out his roadmap for the next few months to Parliament and the public on Tuesday, with some restrictions being put on the back-burner.

But although Mr Johnson is said to be "dead set" against another lockdown, the power to impose one will be retained.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman told reporters: "We are in a very different place than where we were previously when other lockdowns were introduced, thanks to the success of our vaccine programme and other things like therapeutics treatments for coronavirus.

"We would only ever consider those sort of measures as a last resort and we will set out in more detail tomorrow what our approach will be should we see a significant increase in cases."

Separately, Sajid Javid's suggestion that vaccine passports are being scrapped was played down today.

Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the plan was "not completely off the table".

Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour party, has said he would urge people to continue to use “practical measures” such as face masks to prevent the virus from spreading.

He said: “Nobody wants a further lockdown because it has a huge impact on people’s lives and, of course, it impacts the economy and businesses.

“The best way to ensure we don’t have that further lockdown is to go cautiously and to continue with practical measure like masks on public transport and enclosed spaces."

Source: The Telegraph