Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has insisted that any suggestion there will be a return of restrictions in England are unfounded.
Speaking on Sky News he was asked by Kay Burley over suggestions that another lockdown cannot be ruled out, Kwarteng said, “I would rule that out.”
He added, “We should keep rolling out the vaccination, that’s what’s given us the security and safety that we’ve got at the moment.
“What we want to do is manage the situation as it is – we don’t want to go back into lockdown and further restrictions.”
Kwarteng is urging people to wear face masks and be “respectful towards other people” and keep themselves safe whilst out in public.
Speaking to the BBC he said, “I wear face masks in public places, particularly on public transport, and people generally, as I notice on the tube in London, tend to… they do wear face masks and face masks are worn. So, that’s something which I think is a good thing.”
He added, “I think people should do what they feel is the right thing to do. They’ve got to, I think, be respectful towards other people, they’ve got to keep themselves safe and the public as well.”
The return to normal life had been “very hard won,” he said and added, “The infection rate was always likely to go up as we opened up the economy, because as people get back to normal life, the infection rate was likely to go up.
“But what was critically important was the hospitalisation rate and the death rate as well.”