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England’s new lockdown restrictions won’t begin to ease until March, says Michael Gove

Watch: Lockdown ‘should’ start to ease in March, says Gove

England’s new coronavirus lockdown may last until March, according to a government minister.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said some of the lockdown measures could be lifted in two months, if the vaccine rollout goes according to plan.

On Monday, Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown for England, saying the coming weeks could be the “hardest yet” of the pandemic.

Government guidance for the new restrictions say people must remain inside except for essential medical need, shopping for food, exercising once a day or working if it cannot be done from home.

The PM suggested in his address to the nation that restrictions may start to ease in February.

The UK reported more than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases on Monday for the seventh day running, while hospital admissions have passed the level of the peak last April.

Schools will be closed to most pupils up until half-term next month.

Gove rowed back from the prime minister’s deadline, telling Sky News on Tuesday: “We will keep these constantly under review, but you are absolutely right, we can’t predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15 to 22. Read from source….