People who have had both vaccine doses will no longer be required to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive case from August 16, Sajid Javid has confirmed.
The Health Secretary is shifting the test, trace and isolate system to something "more proportionate", in light of the successful rollout of the vaccine programme.
It came as Mr Javid warned the scale of the NHS backlog is "shocking".
Under-18 year-olds – who are not able to have the jab – will also no longer have to self-isolate from August 16, unless they test positive.
Meanwhile, Gavin Williamson announced school bubbles and a raft of other restrictions in education settings are set to be dropped from July 19 as it emerged a record 641,200 pupils are off school in England as a result of Covid, up from 385,500 the previous week, and a high since classes went back in March.
As Britain prepares to unlock, Europe has again misjudged the contours, time-lags and politics of the pandemic.
Large swathes of the Continent will be in a fourth wave by the end of this month, before they are sufficiently vaccinated to ignore the medical consequences.
Read how cases are tracking or exceeding the UK’s trajectory as Ambrose Evans-Pritchard analyses the political implications of Europe’s fourth wave.
Murray defends Raducanu from Morgan and Pietersen
Sir Andy Murray has leapt to the defence of Emma Raducanu after Piers Morgan reignited a row over the teenager’s mental state during her Wimbledon exit. Both Morgan and former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen expressed support for John McEnroe, who had been condemned for saying she could not "handle" the pressure of her last-16 match. Read how Murray has intervened. In a statement, Raducanu admitted "the whole experience caught up with me". Earlier, Wimbledon defended its scheduling of her tie as the final match on Court 1.
Emma Corrin wears chest binder made by trans firm
Emma Corrin has revealed that she wears a chest binder made by a transgender-owned company and uses the pronouns she/they. The 25-year-old actress, who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown, shared a set of black and white pictures on Instagram wearing the garment. Her account also displays her pronouns as she/they. Chest binding is common among people who want to give the appearance of a flatter or less feminine chest. See the striking images.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Squad isolates | England forced to pick new side for Pakistan series
- Chris Whitty video | Second man charged with assault
- Virus hotspot | Stop ‘dodging’ lockdown questions, SNP told
- Travel latest | Balearics ‘nervous’ of losing green status as cases rise
- Back to the bar | Hooray for the ‘authentic’ British boozer experience
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
BBC pay revealed | Scott Mills has entered the BBC’s top 10 rich list and Naga Munchetty received last year’s biggest pay rise, as other highly-paid stars at the corporation took salary cuts. Gary Lineker remains the biggest earner, although his pay is nearly £400,000 down on the previous year. Search the highest paid BBC stars in 2020/1.
- ‘Pact with devil’ | Teenager guilty of stabbing sisters in Wembley park
- Stockwell Six | Three men have convictions overturned after 49 years
- ‘Illegal’ policy | Judge says asylum seeker should come back to UK
- Brexit treaty | Brussels tells UK to prove it can be trusted
- It’s a steal | HSBC and TSB launch Britain’s cheapest-ever mortgages
Around the world: Azerbaijan cements its culture
Three decades after he fell victim to a bout of wartime cancel culture, the bust of Uzeyir Hacibeyli, composer of Azerbaijan’s national anthem, is back in what fans consider its rightful place. After Nagorno Karabakh fell into the control of Armenian separatists in the 1990s, Hacibeyli’s bust was used as target practice by gunmen and sold for scrap, but has since been salvaged. After last autumn’s six-week war led to a rapid victory for Azerbaijan, read how its bullet-scarred culture is being restored.
The secret Southgate: Inside the mind of the England manager
Gareth Southgate is a captivating figure. Jason Burt analyses the six core elements that go into making him the man he is
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Comment and analysis
- Nick Trend | Scrapping amber quarantine may not be golden ticket
- Andrew Lilico | 19th July easing makes a winter lockdown less likely
- Kate Andrews | Freedom Day is time to put Test and Trace on ice
- Nigel Farage | Will Patel’s immigration proposals make a difference?
- Kristian Niemietz | The young really are dangerously socialist
Business and money briefing
Electric van deal | The future of Vauxhall’s plant at Ellesmere Port has been guaranteed with a new generation of electric vans being built there – but only after a £40m subsidy from the taxpayer. Read on for details.
- California heat dome | Challenge for world’s fifth-biggest economy
- Downloads blocked | Didi shares crash as Beijing cracks down
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Euro 2020 | Italy take on Spain at Wembley this evening for a place in the final of the European Championship. Follow the match here. Tomorrow, England will battle Denmark in the other semi-final. The Telegraph’s writers pick their XIs while Jason Burt analyses where England went wrong in their 2018 World Cup semi-final – and how they can avoid a repeat. Cesc Fabregas reveals what changes when you win the Euros and reckons England can emulate Spain in 2008.
- Tour de France | Cavendish wins stage 10 in controlled performance
- 50 England wins | Jones faster than Woodward – but what now?
- Premier League | New Covid outbreak at club puts managers on alert
Three things for tonight
- Watch | I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Netflix
- Listen | Imposters podcast: ‘Women want to be perfect candidates’
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
The tooth about treatment | Despite years of feeling unhappy with his smile, the cost of dental work in the UK left Anthony McGowan in a bind. He went to Budapest in lockdown – and saved £4,000.
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