Boris Johnson refuses to rule out another Covid lockdown during a press conference today

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Boris Johnson has admitted he cannot rule out another Covid lockdown in the UK.

It comes as the prime minister prepares to address the nation with the German chancellor to outline their next steps against Russia during the war in Ukraine.

Johnson said he wants to prevent such measures from ever happening again, but took a cautious stance when he spoke to Conservative MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies for GB News.

Boris Johnson on future Covid lockdowns in England

He said: “I want to prevent something like this from ever happening again and I can’t rule out anything. I can’t say we wouldn’t be forced to do non-pharmaceutical interventions again like we did.”

The Prime Minister added: “I think it would be irresponsible for a leader in a democracy to say that they are going to rule out something that could save lives. I believe the things we did saved lives.

“I have to be absolutely honest with you, there could be a new variant that is more deadly, there could be a variant that affects children that we really need to curtail, I’m not going to take options off the table. But I don’t think it will happen .

“We are now at the stage where the virus is generally losing its potency and we have a massively vaccinated UK population.”

Although the symptoms are generally less severe than previous variants, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in England is highest since January 2021.

Research by the UK Health Surveillance Agency shows that the overall Covid-19 hospitalization rate for England in the week ending April 3 reached 20.5 per 100,000 people.

That is the fifth consecutive weekly increase and means that total withdrawals are now higher than at the peak of the original Omicron wave in early January of this year (19.9).

But the rate is still well below its all-time high of 36 per 100,000 in the first week of January 2021.

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