UK's Johnson warns Indian variant could impact lockdown easement

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 warned on Friday the spread of a new variant of coronavirus first detected in India may impact the country's full exit from restrictions.

"We're serving notice that we do think, I think, that it certainly may cause disruption to our attempts to continue down the roadmap. But they don't at the moment change the assessment about step 3 (relaxation of restrictions on Monday)," he told a Downing Street briefing.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by James Davey; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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