Covid-19: Delta raises the stakes as vaccine rollout becomes a race against time
As cases of the ‘most dangerous variant yet’ surge in Britain and Freedom Day is postponed, what can we learn from our neighbours about Ireland’s reopening?
As Britain approaches what was supposed to be its long-awaited Freedom Day, it instead faces the continuation of some restrictions and warnings of a significant third wave of Covid-19 infections.
Cases had been expected to rise slightly after Britain lifted its indoor dining restrictions one month ago, but not enough to stop Freedom Day on June 21 – the date when Boris Johnson, the prime minister, promised all domestic Covid-19 restrictions would end.
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