Hancock: changing events could put brakes on Covid recovery roadmap


Health secretary says caution is needed as PM prepares to set out easing of lockdown

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said the brakes will be put on the roadmap for reopening if unexpected events throw the UK’s recovery off course, citing the Kent variant as a moment in the pandemic that forced a change of approach.

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The prime minister will set out a roadmap on Monday for the reopening of the economy and society, expected to start with all English schools returning on 8 March and some loosening of restrictions on social contact that would allow two people to meet outside.

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