Latest coronavirus: PM to announce on Monday if lockdown can be lifted on July 5 as Matt Hancock says data “looks encouraging” for July 19 reopening
oris Johnson will announce on Monday whether all Covid restrictions can be lifted in England on July 5.
“Freedom Day” has been pushed back to July 19, but the prime minister will review the data, including cases, hospitalizations and deaths, before Monday to see if he can move that date forward.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “Monday will be the day we make a decision on this and we are closely monitoring the data, before providing a full update. We will make it very clear to the public the rationale for the decision we have made.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier the data “looked encouraging” for the July reopening in England.
“I hope we can take the measures on July 19, which are scheduled for that time, because the data looks encouraging,” he said. “We are also looking to see how we can replace the protections that currently exist from the restrictions with protections from the vaccine, also with regard to international travel. “
The number of Covid-19 hospital patients in UK is highest since April
The number of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 in the UK has reached its highest level in almost two months.
A total of 1,378 patients were hospitalized on June 20, according to the latest government figures.
This is a 21% increase from the previous week and is the highest since April 29.
It is also up 58% from the 870 patients recorded on May 27, which was the lowest number since the second wave of the virus.
Tourism chief welcomes measures to finally lift coronavirus restrictions
Scotland’s potential move to Level 0 on July 19 and dropping coronavirus restrictions completely by August 9 has been described as ‘a light at the end of a very long tunnel’.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday set a series of vaccination milestones and told the Scottish Parliament that if those criteria are met the majority of restrictions could be lifted by the latter date.
Marc Crothall, Managing Director of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, called the news “a very big step in the right direction … and light at the end of a very long tunnel”.
He said: “The Prime Minister’s announcement that the easing of restrictions will be delayed for the next three weeks will be disappointing for tourism businesses across Scotland, although that is what we all expected, in especially with the closing of schools this week and the planning days of people outings and holidays.
“This has a particularly big impact on large independent properties where restrictions on the number of people who can stay in a property remain in place; July 19 marks the start of our summer season in almost three weeks time and I know many in the restaurant industry will be extremely worried about the business losses during this time and hope there will be additional support to make up for it. .
Andy Burnham calls for resolution on Scotland ban
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said he would meet with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday to discuss the ban on all non-essential travel from Scotland to Manchester and Salford.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Burnham told reporters he was looking for a ‘political way’ out of the dispute, saying: ‘I plan to have the opportunity to discuss this with the Prime Minister tomorrow and we will obviously want clarification on the elements of the policy that are currently unclear to us as to the criteria used here, the exit strategy, the process of lifting the restrictions on the affected boroughs.
“We just want to find a resolution and a better way to do things in the future. The political way is the way to go. This is obviously what we would seek to do. To set up a better dialogue, better lines of communication which are clearly not there at the moment.
27 deaths recorded in the UK
The UK has recorded 27 deaths with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and a total of 11,625 new cases of the virus.
In the past 7 days, there have been 91 deaths, a weekly increase of 44.4%.
The isolation of the England pair “a judgment call”, according to a specialist in coronavirus tests
England pair Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are likely to isolate themselves due to a judgment on what constitutes close contact, a coronavirus testing specialist has said.
Mount and Chilwell will miss England’s final Euro 2020 group game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday and will be quarantined until next Monday after being identified as close contacts of Scotland’s Billy Gilmour.
Scottish midfielder Gilmour, it appeared on Monday, has tested positive for Covid-19.
The three players are all teammates at Chelsea and were seen talking together after the two countries’ goalless draw at Wembley last Friday.
Their conversation is believed to have continued after the players left the pitch and made their way to the tunnel, and that’s where issues allegedly arose.
“It would make sense” to stay physically at bay in some scenarios beyond August 9, says Sturgeon
The legal requirement to keep a distance of two meters from others could be lifted in Scotland from August 9, but the Prime Minister said there could still be scenarios where “it would make sense” for people to stand by. distance.
For example, this could be if people are particularly vulnerable or not vaccinated, or if there is not enough ventilation in the place.
Scotland will upgrade to level 0 on July 19
Scotland will be upgraded to Level 0 on July 19 as part of the Scottish Government’s plans, Nicola Sturgeon said.
The Prime Minister said: “Assuming we achieve the revised strategic goal, we hope that all parts of Scotland, which are not currently at this level, can move up to level 0 on 19 July.
“This means, for example, that the limits for domestic gatherings indoors will increase from that date, and up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals.
“We also hope – assuming the data confirms – that the general indoor physical distancing requirement can be reduced from 2 meters to 1 meter.
“And we hope, from that date, to elevate the requirement of the outdoors to the physical distance.
“In addition – in recognition of the reduced risk of transmission outdoors and therefore the desire to encourage people to stay outdoors as much as possible – we hope that the limits to informal social gatherings outdoors, in gardens private, for example, will also be deleted at this point.
Scotland: guidelines for weddings and funerals will change
Guidelines for weddings and funerals will be changed in Scotland, said Nicola Sturgeon.
The Prime Minister announced that at weddings performances will be allowed, although dancing is not as participants will have to be seated.
People accompanying the couple down the aisle will also no longer need to wear face coverings, while those who work at weddings will no longer count toward the total number of people who can attend.
For funerals, people from more than one household will now also be allowed to carry a casket or take a rope when lowering it.
Everyone in the first nine priority groups will have received both doses of the vaccine by the end of this week – Sturgeon
Everyone in the first nine priority groups will have received both doses of the vaccine by the end of this week, said Nicola Sturgeon.
This includes those over 50 and those working in the health field.
By July 18, all adults will have received their first dose – “well ahead” of the vaccination schedule target, Sturgeon added.
And by September 12, Scotland will have completed second doses for all adults.
Scotland: Covid restrictions will remain unchanged this week
Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland will remain unchanged next week, Nicola Sturgeon announced.
According to the plans of the Scottish government, the country was to move to level 0 from June 28.
However, the prime minister said in an update that the restrictions will remain unchanged.