Brits hit the town for a VERY boozy night out after months in lockdown – amid fears of June 21 Freedom delay
SOZZLED Brits flocked to bars and pubs for a boozy night out amid fears the June 21 "Freedom Day" could be delayed.
Revellers were pictured enjoying the balmy evening weather as they flooded the UK's busy streets.
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In London's Soho, boozers made the most of their freedom after months in lockdown.
They crammed on to tables in newly-opened al-fresco drinking areas.
Some appeared a little worse for wear as the evening dragged on, while others were determined to keep the night going as they partied in the streets.
Outside of the capital, girls in dresses and heels were pictured patiently queuing to get into Manchester bars.
It comes amid fears the June 21 lockdown lift could be delayed as the UK grapples with the new Indian variant.
Matt Hancock revealed today Boris Johnson will examine Covid stats this week to help him make a decision.
The Health Secretary said it was "too early" to determine whether the Government would lift all coronavirus restrictions later this month.
He also admitted the Indian variant had made the decisions behind the June 21 unlocking "more difficult" as he confirmed the mutation is 40 per cent more transmissible than the Kent variant.
Asked whether he had seen anything in the data that could delay reopening this month, Mr Hancock told Sky News: "It is too early to make a final decision on that.
"The Prime Minister and I and the team will be looking at all of the data over this week.
"We have said that we will give people enough time ahead of the June 21 date which is pencilled in as the next step – which is to be not before June 21 – and the critical thing is to see whether the four tests we have set have been met.
"That's because the third test, the rollout of the vaccine, is going incredibly well.
"Then, of course, we have to look at the impact of new variants and we have seen a very significant impact of a new variant – the Delta (also known as the Indian) variant – over the last month or so."
"That's in terms of the number of cases, and cases are rising slightly, the number of hospitalisations, which are much more flat.
The Sun revealed yesterday how a secret plan is being worked on to delay lockdown lifting by two weeks.
Ministers and officials are working on contingency plans to move “Freedom Day” to next month, as well as retaining distancing and limits on fans in stadiums – potentially plunging the Euros into chaos.
But Brits aged under 30 will be able to book their Covid jabs from next week in another boost in the fight against the disease.
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