COVID-19: Restrictions likely until Easter as Gove strikes back at Tory lockout rebels | Political news

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COVID-19 restrictions are likely to be in effect until Easter, Sky News has learned, as Boris Johnson heads for a showdown with rebel Tory MPs over the new levels.

High-level sources have revealed that although a large number of COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccinations begin at the end of January, it will be Easter – April 4 next year – before life returns to normal.

The stern warning, delivered to the prime minister and senior ministers by government science advisers, contrasts with the more optimistic forecasts of M. Johnson in the last days.

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New warning from government scientists for Christmas

Grim prediction coincides with government response by Cabinet minister Michael Gove against Rebel Conservative MPs threaten vote against the new levels on Tuesday.

In the Times, Mr Gove says all hospitals in England are at risk of being inundated with COVID-19 cases if MPs do not back the government’s tough new restrictions on the vote.

Warning that it could be Easter before coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a source close to government science advice told Sky News: “This is the common assumption.

“If you think vaccines will start to be used in large numbers at the end of January, it will be Easter when life changes properly and there will be restrictions until then.

“The government has also made it very clear that the restrictions will go into January and beyond. ”

Earlier, during a visit to the Porton Down research laboratory near Salisbury, the Prime Minister had raised the possibility of moving local authorities to lower levels during the review scheduled for December 16.

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But government science advisers have stressed this is unlikely, especially before Christmas, a warning likely to praise many Tory MPs ahead of next week’s vote.

Senior Conservative MPs predict a rebellion of nearly 70 Tory backbenchers, which would mean the PM would have to rely on Labor votes to avoid a humiliating defeat.

In other developments:

  • More than 1,300 people have been wrongly told they have coronavirus due to laboratory error with NHS Test and Trace
  • Relaxation of coronavirus restrictions on Christmas will increase infections “Potentially in a significant way,” warned government science advisers.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine could be available in hospitals in England in as little as 10 days it was reported.

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PM: Normal is coming, but not before spring

In The Times, Mr Gove revealed that the decision to impose a four-week lockdown earlier this month was made after scientists warned the lockdown rules were not enough to prevent the NHS from d ‘to be “physically overwhelmed”.

He wrote: “Every bed, every occupied room. All the capacity built in the Nightingales and requisitioned from the private sector as well. Numbers infected with COVID-19 and requiring a bed would move all except emergencies. And even those.

“Mr. Gove said MPs should not fall into ‘comfortable escapes’ that things are now different or put their constituencies ahead of the national interest.

“When the country faces such a national crisis, the truth is that all of us who have been elected to parliament, not just ministers, must take responsibility for tough decisions.

“COVID-19 does not respect constituency boundaries and the hardships we currently face are sadly necessary to protect all of us, no matter where we live.

Mr Gove described the new restrictions which will see the vast majority of England in more difficult levels as “grimly, inevitably, necessary” to prevent the NHS from being unable to treat emergency patients.

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Dozens of MPs before the vote seem likely to rebel

“The level of infection across the country remains out of control and threatening,” he said. “Across the UK, around 16,000 beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, up from nearly 20,000 at the April high.

“From the current high base, any sharp increase in infection could see the NHS under an even more serious threat. ”

Mr Gove also rejected suggestions that the measures were economically damaging, arguing that without them “the economy would stop” because a terrified population would stay at home instead of risking going out without care.

He also admitted that the previous levels “were neither strong enough to reduce social contact enough, nor applied widely enough to contain the spread of the virus… and that is the difficult lesson that we cannot unlearn at the end of the day. this lock ”.

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