Boris to hold 5pm press conference today to confirm lockdown changes

Boris presser

The PM said caution is ‘absolutely vital’ ahead of the expected confirmation that July 19’s unlocking will proceed (Picture: Getty)

Boris Johnson will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon when he is expected to confirm the end of most lockdown restrictions on July 19.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ will go ahead as planned as Covid cases continue to rise.

But the prime minister is said to be clear that he will announce the final decision later today – while emphasising people’s ‘responsibility’ so that ‘we don’t undo our progress’.

He has warned caution is ‘absolutely vital’ and is set to say people will be ‘expected to’ wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, even after it stops being a legal requirement.

Mr Johnson struck a more measured tone by describing the link between cases and deaths as ‘weakening’ after claiming in previous weeks that it has been ‘severed’.

The PM said: ‘We are tantalisingly close to the final milestone in our road map out of lockdown, but the plan to restore our freedoms must come with a warning.

‘While the phenomenal vaccine rollout has offered every adult some protection against the virus, and the crucial link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths is weakened, the global pandemic is not over yet.

‘Cases will rise as we unlock, so as we confirm our plans today, our message will be clear.

Sajid Javid

Health Secretary Sajid Javid will detail the plans to unlock the country later on Monday

‘Caution is absolutely vital, and we must all take responsibility so we don’t undo our progress, ensuring we continue to protect our NHS.’

Health Secretary Sajid Javid will detail the plans in Parliament later in the afternoon.

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