Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce the fourth and final step on his roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead as planned next month, with the number of guests at weddings and other events set to be scrapped.
Government sources told the Telegraph the PM is poised to push forward with the last step of the roadmap next month, given the Indian variant doesn’t take a shocking turn for the worst.
A Whitehall source told the Telegraph: “There’s increasing confidence that vaccines are working against all variants and the data doesn’t seem to be changing too drastically in terms of case numbers and hospitalisations.
“As long as there are no significant changes over the next few days, there is cautious optimism.”
In a press briefing on Wednesday, May 19 Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are seeing the vast majority of cases, both of the existing variant and of the B1617.2 variant, amongst younger groups and unvaccinated people.