Coronavirus pandemic ' will be bumpy to Christmas and maybe beyond', PM alerts

The coronavirus pandemic “will be bumpy through to Christmas” plus potentially beyond that, Boris Manley has warned, as he said it really is “too early to say” whether or not local lockdowns are effective in lowering infection rates.

The top minister acknowledged that there will be several members of the public who are “furious at myself and they’re furious at the government” among the continuing COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’ve got to tell you in every candour it’s going to continue to be bumpy to Christmas, it may even be rough beyond, ” he said within an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

“But this is actually the only way to do it. ”

Mr Johnson said he or she believed “very strongly” that the “scientific equation” surrounding the virus will change within the coming weeks and months plus “we will start to see progress, be it on vaccines or on assessment, that will enable us to take another approach”.

On local lockdowns, Mister Johnson was asked specifically regarding Oldham, which has seen its disease rate double despite being below tighter restrictions for the past six weeks.

The PM told the particular BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “The advice that we’re getting is the fact that in these areas where we’ve got stringent nearby lockdowns, we’ve got to wait and see if the L number starts to come down. ”

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His interview came after government figures showed there were a further twelve, 872 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK as of 9am on Sunday.

A technical glitch may mean that the actual daily determine is somewhat smaller.

Mr Johnson said he realized people’s “frustration” at differing guidelines and restrictions for different parts of the country.

But he said one particular the alternatives he had heard recommended was to “let it rip”, something Mr Johnson said he or she “just can’t accept”.

“And as prime minister I actually couldn’t take a course that could show us to tens of thousands more fatalities in very short order, inch he continued.

“And, you know, we’ve got to continue to bear upon this virus, whilst protecting the particular economy. That’s the balance we’ve got in order to strike. ”