Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Sadiq Khan ‘optimistic’ no delay to threaten June 21 London reopening ‘Seeing progress’

Sadiq Khan 'optimistic' about plans to lift lockdown on June 21st

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The Labour mayor has reassured Londoners that he is confident plans for coronavirus lockdown measures to be lifted on June 21 will be able to go ahead. Sadiq Khan also took the opportunity to thank residents of the capital for the “monumental sacrifices” made over the past year. The mayor also stressed the importance of people continuing to take up offers of the coronavirus vaccine, especially young Londoners.

Mr Khan told LBC: “I am hoping for our city to reopen on June 21 and I am optimistic about that.

“I need to speak to the Government to get additional vaccines to our city it is really important we close the gap between the first vaccine and the second vaccine from 12 weeks to eight weeks.

“But also more and more young Londoners receive the vaccine

He added: “There are some boroughs we are keeping an eye on the north-west boroughs the Harrows, the Hillingdons, the Hounslows, the Ealings, the Brents. 

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The London mayor continued: “We are also keeping an eye on Kingston and other boroughs in the south as well.

“The key message I have got for Londoners is when you are offered the jab take it.

“But also test yourselves regularly and please please follow the rules.

“We don’t want when we are so close to the end of this loss the opportunity to return to a sense of normality after June 21.”

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Earlier the mayor thanked Londoners for the “monumental sacrifices” made over the course of the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Khan said: “My message to Londoners is thank you for the monumental sacrifices you have been made over the last 15, 16 months.

“We are now seeing a situation where we have got fewer people in hospital, fewer people using ventilators in ICUs.

“We are seeing progress made with the vaccines being rolled out.”

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The forecast comes as Britain recorded no Covid-related fatalities for the first time since the start of the pandemic. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced: “The whole country will be so glad there were no Covid-related deaths recorded.

“The vaccines are clearly working – protecting you, those around you.

“Despite this undoubtedly good news, we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet and with cases continuing to rise please remember ‘hands, face, space’ and let in fresh air when indoors.”

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