Coronavirus UK news – India variant fears ‘mean Brits should ignore lockdown lift and NOT sit inside pubs or hug family’

MILLIONS of lockdown-weary Brits have been told to ignore measures easing today and not sit inside pubs or hug relatives.

With fears growing over the threat the surging Indian variant poses to June 21’s total unlocking, experts are sounding warnings over how cautious we should continue to be today.

Although new rules in force today mean we can sit inside pubs for the first time since 2020 and guidance on hugging relatives has changed, a former government chief scientific adviser, a leading public health specialist and the union representing Britain’s doctors urged the public to think twice.

Prof Sir Mark Walport, a former director of the Wellcome Trust and a chief scientific adviser until 2017, told Sky’s Sophy Ridge “My personal judgement is that I will do things outside as far as possible… My advice is that just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should.”

Asked if that meant he would avoid going inside a pub, he replied: “For the moment, yes.”

Meanwhile Boris Johnson also warned Brits to be “cautious” as they enjoy hugs, indoor meals and holidays for the first time this year TODAY.

The PM said: “Together we have reached another milestone in our roadmap out of lockdown, but we must take this next step with a heavy dose of caution. We are keeping the spread of the variant first identified in India under close observation and taking swift action where infection rates are rising.”

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