British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said there should be no return to “significant economic restrictions” despite the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, The Times newspaper quoted him as saying.
“I think we’re in a very different place from where we were a year ago because of the vaccine,” he said in an interview. “There’s this huge wave of protection, and that changes things. It’s our first line of defense.”
The Times quoted Sunak as saying the economy was the priority.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a new COVID-19 lockdown was not on the cards, as advisers warned that early action through mild measures could reduce the need for stricter restrictions later. Will go
COVID-19 cases in the UK are the highest in Europe and earlier this week reached their highest level in three months. However, the rollout of vaccines means deaths from the disease are well below their level earlier this year.
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