Lockdown may not be enough to stop virus, Sage member warns

Michael Gove told Sky News that life can eventually get back to normal after the third lockdown. 

He said: “The Government is doing everything we can to roll out the vaccinations. 

“At the end of what will be very difficult weeks, life can eventually get back to normal.” 

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said the country was in for a “very difficult” few weeks and could give no firm date for lifting the lockdown.

He told Sky News: “The Government is doing everything it can in order to ensure that we can roll out the vaccine more rapidly, help the vulnerable by getting the inoculations they need and make sure that at the end of what will inevitably be very, very difficult weeks, that life can eventually return to normal.”

Pressed on whether the lockdown was likely to last until March, Mr Gove added: “We will be able to review the progress that we’ve made on February 15, just before the traditional school half-term, and we hope that we will be able to progressively lift restrictions after that but what I can’t do is predict – nobody can predict – with accuracy exactly what we will be able to relax and when.

“What we do know is that the more effective our vaccination programme, the more people who are protected in that way, the easier it will be to lift these restrictions.”