Last week, my boyfriend took a routine lateral flow test before heading into the office. I watched with a strange feeling of inevitability as, for the first time in the pandemic, a faint second line appeared across the test.

Following the Euros, a steady stream of socialising over the last few weeks and a rise in cases in England, we weren’t overly surprised. We had both had our first vaccination four weeks earlier, so weren’t too concerned about the symptoms either.