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Boris Johnson may extend lockdown ‘beyond Easter’ as care home deaths SOAR despite vaccine

Mr Johnson is purportedly looking at Good Friday, on the first week of April, as a key date for the relaxation of lockdown measures. The potential plans are set to give millions hopes of seeing their families again over Easter, according to the Sun.

A source told the news outlet: “It’s way too soon to start talking about when, but the work is being done quietly on the how.”

But no dates had been set as future announcements depend largely on the progress of the vaccination programme, a Whitehall source told the Mail.

The source added: “The mood was very much about things happening later in the spring rather than early on.

“Beyond Easter is certainly possible. We don’t even know what the benchmark will be.

“It seems unlikely that vaccinating the over-70s will be enough.”

However, Conservative backbenchers have been incrementing pressure for the Government to begin scaling down the lockdown restrictions from the first week of March.

Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has backed calls for the measures to be eased as soon as those most at risk are inoculated.

He said: “Once the most vulnerable have been vaccinated there is no justification for keeping these restrictions.”

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