Covid: Boris Johnson to Announce Plans for Possible Early Lockdown Exit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce whether all Covid restrictions can be lifted in England, on Monday 5 July.

‘Freedom Day’ has been pushed back to July 19, but the prime minister will review data including cases, hospitalisations and deaths, ahead of Monday to determine whether the date can be brought forward.

The PM’s spokesperson said: “Monday will be the day when we were deciding on the decision on that and we are closely monitoring the data, ahead of providing a full update. We will set out very clearly to the public, the rationale for the decision we’ve made.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said the data is “looking encouraging” for July reopening in England.

“I hope that we can take the steps on July 19, that are pencilled in for then, because the data is looking encouraging,” he said. “We are also looking to see how we can replace the protections that are currently there with the restrictions with protections that come from the vaccine, with respect to international travel as well.”

New data from the ONS has shown UK Covid deaths is at its lowest level since the beginning of September. The data also revealed over 80% of the UK adult population has some Covid antibodies.

As of Tuesday, the UK reported another 11,625 cases and another 27 Covid-related deaths.