There has been a rise in coronavirus cases and there has not been a rise in hospital admissions, but there are growing concerns over the spread of the Indian variant.
Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Ministers are said to be increasingly pessimistic over the full unlocking of England on 21 June.
On Monday Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance gave a “downbeat” and “fairly grim” Covid briefing.
The lifting of all restrictions on 21 June could be a huge blow for many as restrictions could be delayed by two weeks, The Times have reported.
cabinet source told the newspaper that any delay could be “between two weeks and a month.”
This will allow all over-50s to be fully vaccinated, which would leave sufficient time for the jabs to kick-in and take effect.
Professor’s Whitty and Sir Patrick warned that despite being fully vaccinated this does not provide anyone with 100% protection, and they told Cabinet Ministers that they have “real concerns” over the new variants with the transmissibility.
However, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, told the newspaper that there was “nothing in the data” which suggests the 21 June deadline to unlock England cannot go ahead.
The Environment Secretary, George Eustice told Sky News this morning, that “nothing is being ruled out,” but he did not give any indication over a delay.