Sajid Javid announcement: Further two weeks of Covid lockdown restrictions to be confirmed
Sajid Javid outlines his 'priorities' as health secretary
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The Bromsgrove MP has been in the job less than 48 hours after taking on the role following Matt Hancock’s resignation on Saturday afternoon.
Addressing MPs in the Commons later today Mr Javid is expected to confirm restrictions cannot be eased on July 5.
Boris Johnson met with ministers and scientists last night to determine whether moving on to Stage 4 of the easing of lockdown could commence from next week.
When the Prime Minister announced a four week delay to the final stage of his roadmap to ending restrictions earlier this month, he pledged to hold a two week review to see if the easing of measures could be moved forward.
However, with cases, hospitalisations and deaths of Covid continuing to rise, Mr Johnson ruled out bringing forward the July 19 unlocking date.
Mr Javid will confirm the news in Parliament at approximately 3.30pm this afternoon.
However, he is also expected to give a boost to hopes of ending pandemic rules once and for all.
The former Chancellor is known to be more cautious of lockdowns than his predecessor and is concerned about the impact such measures have on the economy and mental health.
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