There was a time when Boris Johnson talked about the lifting of restrictions being irreversible but it’s a few weeks since we’ve heard that word.
Now he says the government must rule nothing out and won’t hesitate to use the means at our disposal if circumstances change.
Conservative MPs believe some restrictions will return in the winter.
Michael from Manchester asks tthe first question from the public.
He wants to know what criteria will be used to determine whether restrictions will need to be bought back in the future if hospitalisations and cases increase significantly.
The PM says he will keep all the data under review into next year and if a new variant emerges that is causing problems “then we must rule nothing out”.
“We will not hesitate to use the means we have at our disposal to protect the public,” he says but, “We are confident if we go slowly we can proceed with the roadmap.”
The most striking graph shows a comparison between this wave and the autumn wave.
While cases are following an almost identical track, the hospital admissions and death rates are rising much more slowly now.
The big question is when will the wave peak – and we’ve not been shown the modelling on that yet.