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UK Covid live information: England lifts most remaining restrictions as poll suggests many voters see it as ‘wrong’ | Politics

Good morning. England has reached what the anti-lockdown media has been calling “freedom day” – the day when most remaining authorized Covid restrictions disappear – however there isn’t any signal of the temper of triumphalism anticipated a couple of weeks in the past, and as an alternative – in authorities, and amongst the general public at giant – there may be rising concern that it would possibly all go improper. The Mail on Sunday claimed that Boris Johnson initially deliberate to present a speech right this moment that may, within the phrases of a authorities supply, “effectively declare victory over the virus by summoning the spirit of Churchill”. Obviously that’s not occurring, and as an alternative yesterday Johnson issued a video message urging folks to be cautious. He mentioned:


So please, please, please be cautious. Go ahead tomorrow into the following step with all the appropriate prudence and respect for different folks and the dangers that the illness continues to current.

Given that specialists from world wide are criticising Johnson for being the other of cautious – “dangerous and unethical” is the time period used here – in his opening up coverage, this could be a very good instance of why some have concluded that solely the satirists describe this authorities correctly, and why the Press Award for political commentator of the year final week went to my sensible colleague Marina Hyde.

Johnson used to say he needed lockdown easing to be cautious however irreversible. He has gone quiet on the “irreversible” bit not too long ago and the information launch issued by No 10 in a single day confirms that the potential return of restrictions later this year is now a particular chance. It says:


Data shall be regularly assessed and contingency measures retained if wanted throughout greater threat intervals, however restrictions shall be averted if potential.

Johnson was deemed to have received the 2019 normal election as a result of he was extra in contact with public opinion than his rivals, however on Covid restrictions the general public has persistently been way more pro-lockdown than Johnson himself and new YouGov polling for the Times today (paywall) suggests that, by a margin of just about two to at least one, folks suppose lifting most restrictions in England right this moment is improper.






YouGov poll Photograph: The Times

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: The ONS publishes figures on the impression of Covid on the hospitality trade.

12pm: Downing Street holds its day by day foyer briefing.

2.45pm: Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, provides proof to the Commons European scrutiny committee.

3.30pm: Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccine deployment minister, provides a press release to MPs. He is anticipated to announce that the rollout of vaccination for youngsters in England shall be restricted to these with underlying well being situations or youngsters are about to show 18.

Politics Live has been a mixture of Covid and non-Covid information not too long ago and that’s prone to be the case right this moment. For extra coronavirus developments, do observe our international Covid live weblog.

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