Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make “one last heave” to freedom as he announces a possible delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England.
This morning a government source suggested the prime minister will dash hopes that Freedom Day will come in one week’s time, on 21st June, and it will instead be postponed until 19th July.
A Downing Street spokesman said:
“It is one last heave, it’s a straight race between the vaccine and the virus.”
Mr Johnson is expected to blame the delay on a third wave of Covid-19 infections and say it will allow millions more people to be vaccinated and more to receive a second jab by the end of July.
But the delay means that despite the success of the vaccination programme so far there will only be minor adjustments to the current lockdown rules in England.