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Covid: Minister doesn’t rule out winter lockdown after PHE expert says ‘we may have to’ reimpose measure

A cabinet minister has refused to rule out another Covid-19 lockdown this winter after Dr Susan Hopkins said it could be necessary to control the virus.Boris Johnson has promised an “irreversible” end to Covid-19 restrictions — a move that was due to take place on Monday but is now delayed until 19 July amid a surge in cases.But Dr Hopkins, the director for Covid-19 at Public Health England, said Britain needed to move to a situation where we can “live with this” in the longer term.She told The Andrew Marr Show: “I think that means that we wouldn't normally...
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UK reports 9,284 Covid cases on day before lockdown was due to end

More than 9,200 Covid cases were reported in the UK on Sunday, the day before it was originally planned that all remaining Covid restrictions in England would be lifted. It came as figures revealed that more than 1m Covid jabs were booked in two days following the invitation on Friday for all adults in England to come forward for vaccination.
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Covid: Music and comedy venue changes in Wales lockdown easing

Covid capacity rules in music and comedy venues have been slightly relaxed in another minor easing of Wales' lockdown restrictions. The number of guests attending wedding receptions and wakes has also changed in Wales on Monday, allowing venues to host as many people as they can safely. Wales' first minister...

Kate Winslet learned to relax in lockdown

Kate Winslet had to teach herself to relax during lockdown. The ‘Mare of Easttown’ actress – who has Mia, 20, and Joe, 17, from previous relationships and seven-year-old Bear with husband Ned Rocknroll – isn’t used to having a lot of free time because of her working commitments and a busy family life so it was nice for her to get some free time to herself.
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Covid UK news: Winter lockdown possible says top PHE expert as thousands of over-18s queue for vaccine

Further lockdowns could be necessary this winter, an expert has warned, as thousands more over-18s queue outside vaccine centres.Dr Susan Hopkins, director for Covid-19 at Public Health England, told The Andrew Marr Show: “We may have to do further lockdowns this winter, I can't predict the future – it really depends on whether the hospitals start to become overwhelmed at some point.”However, she stressed that people wouldn’t normally be put into lockdown for severe cases of influenza – and that the country needs to move to a situation where people can “live with this”.The scientist’s comments came as thousands...
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New lockdown rules: All the coronavirus restrictions eased from today, from weddings to wakes

Monday should have seen the final lifting of lockdown restrictions across England, but because of rising coronavirus infection rates due to the now-dominant Delta variant, “Freedom Day” has been delayed until 19 July.This means that the rule-of-six and social distancing measures remain in place. But, a number of other restrictions — including those around weddings, wakes, and care homes — have been lifted as of today.Here’s how coronavirus restrictions will change as of 21 June:WeddingsAfter more than a year of crippling uncertainty for the wedding industry, the 30-person limit for ceremonies and receptions has been lifted.Capacity for weddings now depend...

U.K. Travel Chiefs Set to Challenge Fourth Lockdown Warning

Britain’s surging coronavirus infection rate is widening a rift between airlines and health authorities over the government’s decision to maintain some of the tightest rules on travel in Europe. Travel industry officials plan to hold events on Wednesday in London, Edinburgh and Belfast to draw attention to some 195,000 jobs...

Lockdown lifting ‘cannot be accelerated to July 5’

Ministers will not bring forward reopening to July 5, despite data indicating that vaccines are winning the race with Covid. Senior government sources on Sunday night insisted the country was "probably not in the place" to lift restrictions at the two-week review stage. It came as Public Health England's senior...