What June 21st restrictions will look like as that can be the date where things go back to normal. As of 17 May, the stage three implementation of the government road map has lessened the restriction enabling families to meet, people to mingle and more shops to open. However with the emergence of the Indian variant, many have voiced their concerns about whether it is too early to say if the country can fully reopen for stage four on June 21st amid claims the Indian variant being a dominant strain in Britain.
Concerns are arising that the B1617.2 is more contagious and might prove more resistant to the existing Coronavirus vaccines however, subsequent research has indicated that the jabs offer strong protection against the strain leading to imply that the situation is “looking good”.
A total of 52,689,008 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 26, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 574,865 on the previous day. NHS England said 32,285,684 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 206,311 on the previous day, while 20,403,324 were a second dose, an increase of 368,554.
However, the number of rapid Covid-19 tests carried out in England has fallen to its lowest level in five weeks – despite all members of the public being eligible to take two rapid tests a week. Just under 4.9 million rapid tests were conducted in England in the week to May 19, according to the latest Test and Trace figures – down 4% on the previous week.
It is the fourth week in a row that the number has decreased which brings huge concerns as case rates in England among all age groups have risen slightly, Public Health England said, “The highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, with 55.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to May 23, up week-on-week from 43.5”.
Will the government hopes to remove “all legal limits on social contact” from 21st June actually take place at this rate? The government has put in place several measures to ensure that the situation is kept under control. The test to release scheme which requires the individual to take a PCR test 5 days after self-isolating for 5 days prior to their return, enabling the government to keep track of how many cases there are in the country.
What will the June 21st restriction look like? As Boris has mentioned that he will not disclose whether stage four is happening till a week before the planned date being 14th June.