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COVID-19: PM heads for showdown with MPs amid predictions two million Britons could contract coronavirus this summer | UK News

Boris Johnson is heading for a COVID showdown with MPs amid backlash over a six-week wait for self-isolation rules to end.

Conservative MPs and business leaders have reacted with fury after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said fully vaccinated children and adults will have to follow current self-isolation rules until August 16.

This means they will have to stay home for 10 days if they come in close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

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New self-isolation rules announced

With infection rates rising, there are predictions that up to two million people could contract COVID-19 this summer – and that would potentially mean up to 10 million could be forced to self-isolate.

UK hotel industry says it faces ‘carnage’ as its mostly young workforce is not fully immunized, with staff forced into self-isolation despite not working the same shift work that his colleagues tested positive.

But amid the controversy, there could be better news for holidaymakers hoping to travel to Orange List countries without having to self-quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

Sky News understands that the Amber List quarantine rule will likely be lifted towards the end of this month, although some reports suggest it could be dropped as early as July 19.

In addition to his weekly clash with Sir Keir Starmer over Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson faces a two-hour interrogation by a high-level committee of high-ranking MPs which will be dominated by COVID.

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