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JOHNSON EYES ‘SUMMER FIREBREAK’ AS OPPORTUNITY TO RIP UP LOCKDOWN RULES
Boris Johnson has promised to tear up England’s coronavirus regulations despite warning it is “very far from the end” of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister has gambled on trusting the public’s judgment and the “wall of immunity” offered by vaccines as he announced an intention to scrap mandatory mask-wearing and lift social distancing requirements.
The so-called “freedom day” is expected on July 19, at a time when the Prime Minister acknowledged there could be 50,000 new cases detected daily.
But Mr Johnson indicated that if restrictions were not lifted this month, taking advantage of a “summer firebreak” offered by improved weather and school holidays, then controls may have to remain in place until next year.
At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson acknowledged the pandemic was “far from over” with cases rising “fairly rapidly”.
“There could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th,” he said.
“We are seeing rising hospital admissions and we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from Covid.”