There will be no limits on social contacts or restrictions on the number of people who can attend licensed events and all venues including nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.
This will come as a relief to many but there are also a lot of people with real concerns about how the UK will cope.
This video by BBC Ros Atkins (see at end of article) attempts to answer the many questions people have around Boris Johnson’s ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July, amid predictions that UK Covid cases could hit 100,000 a day.
Yesterday the UK Government has recorded a further 35 Covid-19 deaths and 32,551 cases in its latest daily figures – the highest number of positive tests since January 23.
That was slightly up from 33 deaths and 32,548 cases reported on July 7.
Test and trace not reached
Around one in eight people transferred to the Test and Trace system after testing positive for Covid-19 were not reached in the latest week, new figures show.
It is the largest proportion not reached since the end of last year, and comes as the number of people testing positive rose to its highest total for nearly five months.
Some 12.0% of people transferred to Test and Trace in England in the week ending June 30 were not reached, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Dr David Strain, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter, who has participated in the NHS long Covid taskforce, said allowing younger people to get infected through rising cases could have a “devastating long-term effect”, in terms of long Covid.
He told LBC radio that between 10% and 15% of all people with Covid develop long Covid and what was currently happening was a “dangerous experiment with the next generation.”
Here is the video from Ros Atkins and his BBC colleagues.
Boris Johnson’s confidence that England can drop COVID restrictions on July 19 has raised many questions. We’ve tried to distil the questions and criticisms and the government’s defence. Hope it’s useful. Produced @mhosseini01 @TomBrada1991 @ben_tobias https://t.co/GIwPZzbzps pic.twitter.com/BihJ1rxjjT— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) July 8, 2021
This guy is damn good at explaining big important stuff in under 10 minutes. https://t.co/QI2DYa0wva— Mark Burnley (@DrMarkBurnley) July 8, 2021
Yet another brilliant explainer from Ros and the team, condensing so much into just eight minutes. https://t.co/NFEPLt25XX— Anna Collinson (@AnnaCollinson) July 9, 2021
This series by @BBCRosAtkins is first-rate, and there’s a strong case for bringing more of this kind of analysis into the major news bulletins. Make the space by dropping the vox pops. https://t.co/ixB5zXjeLX— Roger Mosey (@rogermosey) July 8, 2021