Covid-19: Quarantine rules to ease and deaf woman wins briefings battle

Plans for fully vaccinated people in England to avoid isolation from 16 August if they come into contact with a positive case are “nailed on”, the prime minister says. In an interview with LBC radio station, Boris Johnson said no review was needed before the restrictions were lifted. He said recent data showing a fall in daily cases was encouraging – but warned it was too early to draw any general conclusions and people should still be cautious. The number of new cases reported today – 27,734 – has risen slightly from yesterday’s figure of 23,511. But before today cases had consistently fallen for seven days in a row, with 44,104 recorded last Wednesday.

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