June 21: Delay lockdown lifting, urge local health leaders
The final stage of lifting restrictions would see all legal limits on social contact removed. Nightclubs would reopen, and restrictions on performances, weddings and other life events would also be lifted.
But concerns about the spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India and now dominant in the UK, have led some scientists to call for a delay to ending lockdown.
Public Health England said its latest figures showed more than 90% of new cases were now the Delta variant, which continues to show a significantly higher rate of growth compared with the Alpha (or Kent) variant.
However, he said if we "invest that little bit of time to keep us going forwards, it will stop us going backwards".
Asked about reports in the Times that the government was considering a four-week delay, he said that would be "really welcome".
Asked about the government decision on 14 June, Mr Zahawi, the vaccines minister, told BBC Breakfast: "We have to be really careful so that those hard won wars against the virus are not squandered."
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