Sumary of Lifting restrictions in England on 21 June: what are the alternatives?:
- Downing Street is due to announce its decision on the next stage of Covid reopening in England by Monday, a week ahead of 21 June, which was set as the earliest date to bring in what is officially stage four of the Covid unlocking process..
- Public health is a devolved matter, meaning Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have the same deadline..
- First detected in India, it is believed to be about 60% more transmissible than the previously-dominant Alpha variant, first seen in Kent..
- Public Health England data has said that up to 96% of new UK Covid cases involve the Delta variant, and that cases are doubling between every 4.5 and 11.5 days..
- The difference this time, of course, is that more than 40 million Britons have received at least one Covid vaccine dose, with the rollout in England extended to people aged 25 or over..
- This means that so far the rise in cases and hospital admissions has not been matched by a parallel rise in deaths from Covid, with such a high proportion of more clinically vulnerable people already vaccinated..
- Delay for two weeks This is one option officials have been looking at, with the aim of allowing more time for people to be vaccinated, and others given an extra couple of weeks post-injection for full protection to take effect..
- Earlier in the week Matt Hancock said that of people in hospital in England with the Delta variant, just three had received both vaccinations….