Speaking at last night’s Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson announced an end to almost all Covid restrictions in England on 19 July, moving the country out of line with much of the rest of the world where restrictions remain to combat infections.
He warned that more people would die but said that he was trying to move from “government diktat” to personal responsibility. This is a far cry from the government’s initial messaging of “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” – but why has the government changed its tune? And what will happen after “Freedom Day”? Here’s what you need to know.