Boris Johnson to press ahead with lifting England COVID curbs

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The British government is to announce a timeline for lifting anti-virus restrictions in England on Monday including the reopening of indoor seating in pubs and restaurants and allowing hugs, Downing Street said late Sunday.

From that date, six people, or two households, will be allowed to meet indoors, and 30 people will be able to congregate outdoors.

Cinemas, theatres, museums and soft-play areas can reopen, as can hotels, hostels and B&Bs.

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"Friendly contact, intimate contact, between friends and family is something we want to see restored", Gove said.

The government has said the latest data suggests easing restrictions from 17 May is unlikely to risk a resurgence in infections.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead a coronavirus press conference this afternoon, with an update expected on the government's plans to take England's next step out of lockdown.

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The Office for National Statistics estimates that 1 in 1,180 people have COVID-19, down from 1 in 480 at the start of April.

Ahead of his press conference, Prime Minister Johnson said: "The road map remains on track, our successful vaccination programme continues - more than two-thirds of adults in the United Kingdom have now had the first vaccine - and we can now look forward to unlocking cautiously but irreversibly".

Figures show a further two people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 127,605, with a further 1,770 lab-confirmed cases.

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Over 50 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United Kingdom so far, with the Government on track to offer all adults a first dose by the end of July.

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