Boris Johnson told Sky News that meetings will be held on Thursday to discuss the India variant and outline a plan on how to tackle it. The Prime Minister added that he still feels the UK is currently on course to reopen on June 21.
Mr Johnson said: “It is a variant of concern, we are anxious about it.
“It has been spreading, at the moment there is a very wide range of scientific opinion about what could happen.
“But we want to make sure we take all the prudential or the cautious steps now that we could take.
“There are meetings going on today to consider exactly what we need to do.
“There is a range of things we could do, we are ruling nothing out.”
The Prime Minister added: “There are a range of things we could do, we want to make sure we grip it.
“Obviously there’s surge testing, there’s surge tracing.”
He continued: “If we have to do other things, then, of course, the public would want us to rule nothing out. We have always been clear we would be led by the data.
“At the moment, I can see nothing that dissuades me from thinking we will be able to go ahead on Monday and indeed on June 21, everywhere, but there may be things we have to do locally and we will not hesitate to do them if that is the advice we get.”
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