Boris Johnson was to provide details this week over the review of social distancing, but this is to be delayed amid the Indian variant surging in England.
The government’s review was to include a proposal for a Covid certification which will be published as “soon as possible.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said on Monday the review will be published as “soon as possible based on the latest data, which will help inform us what measures we can take around certification.”
Explaining the delay he said, “I think it’s reasonable for a new variant such as this and the need to gather as much data as possible to inform our decisions.
“It’s right to take the time to get that information before making those final decisions.”
The Covid passports for domestic settings will be published “early as possible the spokesman added.
Stopping the one metre rule would allow pubs and restaurants to have more people in their venues.
Johnson previously said, “When it comes to social distancing from 21 June, I look at the data very carefully and I think at the moment it looks to me as though we may be able to dispense with the one-metre plus rule.”
A scientific expert has said the new UK Indian variant of Covid has been upgraded from a “variant of concern” to “warning level” which “could pose unknown dangers.”
As the government are easing the lockdown restrictions the Indian variant could become exacerbated as the deadly strain is hitting the UK at the same time.
This could be a “recipe for disaster” many epidemiologists and virologists have warned over the coincidence of the arrival of the new variant and lockdown lifting