Boris Johnson is heading for a Covid showdown with MPs as a backlash over a 6-week-wait for the ending of self-isolation rules continues.
After Health Secretary Sajid Javid said children and fully vaccinated adults will have to follow current self-isolation rules until August 16, MPs and business leaders have vented their fury. Current guidelines are that they will have to stay at home for 10-days if they come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said infections could rise to more than 100,000 cases a day in August, meaning millions of Britons could fall ill with Covid over the summer.
With the latest figures from NHS Test and Trace suggesting that an average of three close contacts are being identified for every confirmed case, a spike could lead to substantial increases in the number of people who have to self-isolate.
The UK hospitality industry claims it faces “carnage” because its mostly young workforce is not fully vaccinated. That could mean staff possibly being forced to isolate – despite not working the same shift as a colleague who has tested positive.