Boris Johnson has stated he “can’t rule out” a future lockdown within the occasion of a deadlier Covid variant rising.
The prime minister was requested in regards to the potential for brand spanking new restrictions being put in place in an interview with GB Information, because of air on Saturday.
It comes as new figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics revealed round 4.1 million folks had Covid in England within the week to 2 April – roughly one in 13 folks.
Though Mr Johnson insisted he wished to “keep away from any such factor ever occurring once more”, he added: “I can’t rule [it] out.”
He continued: “I can’t say we wouldn’t be compelled to do non-pharmaceutical interventions once more of the sort we did.
“I believe it might be irresponsible of any chief, in any democracy, to say they’re going to rule out one thing that would save lives.
“I consider that the issues that we did saved lives.”
Hospital admissions are at present on the highest degree since January 2021 and have surpassed the height of the Omicron wave initially of this yr.
UK Well being Surveillance Company statistics present that the general Covid hospital admission fee for England hit 20.5 per 100,000 folks within the week ending 3 April. However the fee continues to be a way beneath the all-time excessive of 36 per 100,000 initially of January final yr.
Signs are usually much less extreme than earlier variants reminiscent of Delta, however Mr Johnson warned that there “could possibly be a brand new variant extra lethal” that emerges.
He stated: “I’ve acquired to be completely frank with you, there could possibly be a brand new variant extra lethal, there could possibly be a variant that impacts youngsters, that we actually must include, I’m not going to take any choices off the desk however I don’t assume it’s going to occur.
“We at the moment are within the section the place the virus is dropping its efficiency general and we’ve acquired a massively vaccinated UK inhabitants.”
Virtually 92 per cent of the inhabitants aged 12 and above has obtained their first dose of the vaccination, whereas 86 per cent have had their second dose, and 68 per cent have had their booster or third dose.