Coronavirus latest news: UK ‘on track’ to reopen on July 19

The country is “on track” to reopen as planned on July 19, the Health Secretary has said, but strict border controls may remain in situ to “protect the amazing progress” of our vaccination program.

Matt Hancock told Sky News that thanks to the UK’s successful vaccination rollout, which has seen 78.4 percent of the population receive a primary dose so far, the country is “on track to deliver Step 4 – the further openings – on July 19, which is good”.

The Health Secretary said that the recent data has been “encouraging”, adding that “growth just in case rates is slowing”, the amount of hospitalizations “is not rising very quickly” which the amount of individuals dying from Covid “remains very, very low”.

He said that the govt is looking to exchange the restrictions currently in situ reception with “protections that come from the vaccine”, however, he added that “it is harder freeing up international travel”.

Mr. Hancock said: “We have one among the tightest border controls within the world and that we have that because we would like to guard this amazing progress we’ve made a reception with the vaccination program.”

He added that ministers are “working on” plans for quarantine-free travel for fully-vaccinated Britons.

The Health Secretary also urged people to download and use the NHS app so as to point out their vaccination status and any Covid-19 tests they need taken recently.

He told Sky News: “When travel is opened we’re getting to confirm that folks have that ability to prove it.”

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