UK Health Chief: England Will Lift All Lockdown Restrictions

In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Health Secretary Sajid Javid updates MPs on the governments coronavirus plans, in the House of Commons, London, Monday, July 5, 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people in England will no longer be required by law to wear face masks in indoor public spaces and to keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) apart as soon as later this month. Johnson on Monday confirmed plans to reopen society despite rising coronavirus cases. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)

(AP) — Britain’s health secretary has confirmed that all remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Minister Sajid Javid says it is the right time to allow Britons a chance to return to normal life. Javid told Parliament that Britain’s successful vaccine rollout means that nine out of 10 adults in the U.K. now have antibodies against the virus.

The government is on track to meet its target of offering all adults a first vaccine dose by July 19, the day when all remaining lockdown restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing, are set to be lifted.

Javid said while infection numbers could soar, driven by the more transmissible delta variant, two doses of the vaccine offer effective protection against serious illness.


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