COVID-19: No early release from restrictions in England, indicates Boris Johnson as it is 'sensible to stick' to 19 July plan
Boris Johnson says he hopes we can "go back to life as it was before COVID as far as possible" after 19 July.
"Although there are some encouraging signs and the number of deaths remains low and the number of hospitalisations remains low, though both are going up a bit, we are seeing an increase in cases.
"So we think it's sensible to stick to our plan to have a cautious but irreversible approach, use the next three weeks or so really to complete as much as we can of that vaccine rollout - another five million jabs we can get into people's arms by July 19.
"And then with every day that goes by it's clearer to me and all our scientific advisers that we're very likely to be in a position on July 19 to say that really is the terminus and we can go back to life as it was before COVID as far as possible."
It would be useful to know what the criteria are here because nothing much has happened since about May 1st. An 'early release' looks more like a very late release where 'very late' looks increasingly like 'never'. What was wrong with today? Nothing as far as I can see.