Covid news – live: All remaining coronavirus restrictions to be lifted as PM hails ‘moment of pride’

The final coronavirus restrictions are due to be scrapped under the government’s “living with Covid“ strategy, in a move Boris Johnson called a “moment of pride”.

The proposal would be about “finally giving people back their freedom” after “one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history”, the prime minister said. The announcement comes just a day after it was announced that the Queen had tested positive for Covid-19.

Among the changes, the government is planning to scrap the legal duty for those who test positive for coronavirus to have to self-isolate by the end of the week. According to reports, the requirement will be lifted by Thursday.

But health experts have been critical of the decision to abandon the requirement to quarantine after a positive result.

Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of Sage’s modelling subgroup, told Times Radio there was a “real concern” that getting rid of the rules would lead to more infections.

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