Coronavirus LIVE UK – Vaccine rollout extends to Brits over 25 as Government faces ‘difficult’ choice to open June 21

THREE million people in their 20s will be able to book their vaccine tomorrow, it was announced today.

The booking site will open to Brits in England aged 25 and 29.

It comes as Downing Street said the coming week will be “critical” for determining whether the Government will open up the UK on June 21.

Mr Hancock admitted the emergence of the Indian variant had made the “calculation” on whether to proceed with unlocking this month “more difficult”.

He also revealed the latest scientific advice is that the mutation – also known as the Delta variant – is 40% more transmissible than the Kent strain and implied that social distancing could continue beyond the final stage of the Prime Minister’s road map

It comes as recent data suggests the mutation is twice as likely to cause hospitalisation, as June 21’s “Freedom Day” hangs in the balance. A Public Health England report showed that people who tested positive for the Indian coronavirus variant were at 161% higher risk of needing hospital treatment within 14 days.

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