Lockdown starting to have an effect, says UK PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens to British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London, Britain, January 13, 2021, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday tougher restrictions brought in last week were starting to have an effect on the spread of COVID in some parts of the country, cautioning that it was still early days.

“What we are now seeing, and it’s very, very important to stress that these are early days, we are now seeing the beginnings of some signs that that is starting to have an effect in many parts of the country, but by no means everywhere and it is early days,” he told parliament.

He also said he did not rule out bringing in even tougher restrictions to try to temper the spread of the coronavirus, which has largely been driven by a new variant.

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Sarah Young