Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Wednesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Isolation rules ‘slam the brakes’ on freedom

The Government has been accused of delaying "Freedom Day" after revealing that fully vaccinated people will still have to follow self-isolation rules until August 16.

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, announced on Tuesday that plans to allow Britons who had received both vaccine doses to take an optional PCR test if they came into close contact with a confirmed Covid case, rather than isolating for 10 days,  would not be introduced for five and a half weeks. Read the full story.

2. Fast-track lanes for vaccinated passengers at Heathrow

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers are to get fast-track lanes at Heathrow under plans to open up quarantine-free foreign travel to amber list countries.

They will digitally upload their vaccination certificates in advance of their flight before presenting them on arrival and being directed to separate lanes at immigration to fast-track them through border controls and prevent queues. Read the full story.

3. Harry Kane: When I’m at my best I can score against anyone

Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane have assured the nation that England are ready to go a step further and reach a major tournament final, with the captain also warning Denmark that he is unstoppable.

England can reach their first final since 1966 by beating Denmark in the semi-finals of the European Championship at Wembley on Wednesday night. Read the full story.

4. Satanic killer who had been on anti-terror watchlist stabbed sisters in ‘pact with devil’

The anti-radicalisation programme Prevent was facing questions on why it discharged a teenager from its services who then went on to murder two sisters.

Danyal Hussein, 19, was on Tuesday found guilty of killing Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in a “shocking and chilling attack” in a London park last year, as the pair celebrated Ms Henry’s birthday with a group of friends. Read the full story.

5. Warning over summer of violence as two more teenagers stabbed to death in London

Two more teenagers have been stabbed to death within hours of one another in London as Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that the lifting of Covid restrictions was likely to lead to more violence in coming weeks.

It takes the number of teenagers killed on the capital’s streets so far this year to 20, surpassing the 17 killed in the whole of last year. Read the full story.

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