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India variant could delay UK lockdown end - minister

A British Foreign Office Minister, James Cleverly, conceded on Thursday that the decision to end the COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom could be delayed if the so-called India variant of the virus causes a rise in infections. His comments follow concerns from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) as the variant has become dominant in coronavirus hotspots in the UK.

"Scientists on SAGE will make their assessments, they will report that to government, and we will make decisions based on the data and the evidence that they provide," Cleverly told Sky News. "The prime minister, the health secretary, have always been clear that the easing of restrictions which allow us to get back to normality will be done at a pace and in a way which is safe. We will always be driven by the data."

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