Professor Chris Whitty has signalled his support for lifting all lockdown restrictions on 19 July. During a Cabinet briefing on Monday, England’s Chief Medical officer encouraged ministers to “get as much open this summer as possible before winter.” 
 
The latest NHS figures are cause for cautious optimism. Just one in every 100 NHS beds in England were occupied by Covid patients last week. By comparison, in December, Covid patients were filling one in six beds across the country. 
 
Covid cases are continuing to rise, but the fact that we aren’t seeing the same corresponding spike in hospitalisations witnessed during the first wave is a sure sign that our vaccines are working.