Lockdown lift may be delayed by up to 4 weeks as fears over Indian variant grow

Top government ministers are reportedly "willing" to delay June 21 by four weeks the government's concerns grow for rising Indian Variant cases.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is among the members of parliament who will accept a delay to the end of lockdown amid the concerns though Boris Johnson is being pushed to stick to the date.

The Prime Minister is due to reveal on Monday whether he will proceed to end lockdown in just over two weeks' time as planned.

But it is understood he could delay making the decision until as late as Sunday night, The Sun claims.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday there was a "challenging decision" to be made over the further lifting of Covid restrictions as reports say freedom day could be delayed by a month.

The Government could postpone the unlocking until the start of the school summer holidays in late July after scientists presented Cabinet Ministers with a briefing regarding cases of the Indian variant.

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According to The Guardian, this is the plan which Chancellor Sunak is willing to accept.

The news comes as Covid cases have almost doubled in a week with another 6,048 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.

Yesterday's coronavirus daily case figure, up from 3,165 last week, marks the largest leap since before Christmas.

However, despite the rise in cases, the latest figures showed that hospital admissions have actually fallen in the last seven days which is being seen as a huge boost to the roadmap.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told the Daily Mail: "We need to get on with it now.

"Evidence shows the vaccines work and the link has been broken when it comes to hospitalisations.

"As we roll out the vaccine more and more, there is nothing to stop us from allowing the economy to emerge from this pandemic.

"It's time for us to trust the vaccine and unlock."

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