Boris Johnson has indicated some doubt over the plan for lockdown easing due to a new variant of coronavirus first identified in India.

Asked if people could stop wearing masks and social distancing, Boris Johnson said more announcements will be made before the end of the month.

A return to normality would depend on the variant remaining under control, he said.

He told reporters: ‘I think we have to wait a little bit longer to see how the data is looking but I am cautiously optimistic about that and provided this Indian variant doesn’t take off in the way some people fear, I think certainly things could get back much, much closer to normality.’

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