As part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap to come out of lockdown for England, limits on social contacts are expected to be removed by June 21. Some scientists have urged that the rules for face coverings stay in place to prevent a new wave of infections.
According to The Telegraph, Downing Street insiders said COVID-19 vaccines are now doing “a lot of work” and face masks may not be needed in the summer after restrictions are lifted.
Earlier this month, University College London said Britain would gain herd immunity to the virus.
Researchers claimed that by April 9, 73.4% of the population would be immune to either vaccines or having been infected with COVID-19 and recovered.
The source close to Downing Street told The Telegraph that face covers may be needed during transport in the fall and winter, but only if people do not self-isolate when feeling sick.
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“It depends a lot on our behavior, you know what we all choose to do.
“And it depends on things like what measures have been put in place for ventilation, maintaining hand hygiene and critical isolation if you have symptoms.”
More than 33 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday, official figures showed the UK recorded 2,678 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 other deaths in the last 24-hour period.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-24 03:15:53