The data that could determine whether England’s curfew will be lifted on June 21
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of England, will announce on Monday if a final loosening of coronavirus restrictions will take place on June 21.
The final stage of the road plan out of lockdown will see the removal of all legislative restrictions on social contact, the reopening of nightclubs, the lifting of all restrictions on the size of weddings and other gatherings, and the restoration of huge audiences to events such as theater performances.
According to the government, the decision to abolish the limits will be based on four criteria.
These include whether the vaccine rollout is proceeding as planned; whether evidence shows that vaccines reduce hospital cases and deaths among those who have been vaccinated; whether infection rates are not threatening an unsustainable increase in hospital cases; and whether the Government’s assessment of the risks has not been fundamentally altered by new variants of concern.
The current data presents a mixed picture based on these four tests.
Cases, infections, and hospital admissions are all on the rise, though still well below the peak of the virus’s second wave; vaccines are continuing to reduce the number of deaths; but new evidence suggests that the Delta variant of Covid-19, which originated in India, is now responsible for up to 96 percent of new cases – with a 60 percent increased risk of housing infection.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most up-to-date figures:
– Vaccine distribution
In England, 34.3 million initial doses of Covid-19 vaccination have been administered, covering 77.5 percent of the adult population.
A total of 24.7 million second doses have been administered, indicating that 55.8% of those aged 18 and up are likely to be fully vaccinated.
According to the government, all people aged 50 and more will receive both doses of the vaccination by June 21, and all adults will have their first vaccination by the end of July.
Vaccine uptake varies according on age. (This is a brief piece.)