UK's Johnson: New variant could disrupt route out of lockdown

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a news conference about the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the spread of a new variant of coronavirus first detected in India could disrupt plans to move to eliminate most remaining lockdown measures in June, although it would not delay the next step in easing.

"We will proceed with our plan to move to step three in England from Monday, but I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress, and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June," Johnson told a Downing Street briefing on Friday.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by James Davey)

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