Ministers will announce on Monday whether to proceed with the final step of removing all remaining legal limits on social contact on 21 June amid growing speculation that what the UK press has dubbed “freedom day” will be delayed by up to a month.
The rising number of cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has prompted the Sage group of scientists, which advises the government, to warn that easing restrictions would lead to a higher infection rate.
The UK recorded 7,490 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, although the number of people being admitted to hospital remains much lower than before the vaccination programme.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC on Sunday that ministers “don’t want to yo-yo in and out of measures”. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)