Boris Johnson is urged by MPs to speed up end of Covid lockdown 

Boris Johnson is urged by MPs to look at 'data not dates' as pressure grows on the Prime Minister to speed up end of Covid lockdown Britain yesterday recorded just one Covid death - the lowest since last August The hugely successful vaccine rollout meanwhile passed 50 million jabs However restrictions is still set to remain in place until June 21 at the earliest MPs are urging Boris Johnson to follow 'data not dates' in the reopening

By Shaun Wooller and Harriet Line and Mark Shapland For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:01 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 22:05 BST, 3 May 2021

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Calls for a quicker end to lockdown grew yesterday as the daily Covid death toll fell to just one.

The figure was the lowest since last August with infections also plummeting to an eight-month low.

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Despite the falling numbers – and the huge success of the vaccine rollout – Britain is still not scheduled to open up fully for another seven weeks. Ministers are even hinting that masks and forms of social distancing may continue past June 21.

And the list of quarantine-free destinations is likely to be very limited when the blanket ban on foreign travel ends later this month.

Robert Syms, Tory MP for Poole, urged Boris Johnson to stick to his promise of following ‘data not dates’.

Boris Johnson has been urged to follow data not dates in the reopening of the country after Britain saw just one Covid death recorded yesterday

Boris Johnson has been urged to follow data not dates in the reopening of the country after Britain saw just one Covid death recorded yesterday

Despite the falling numbers ¿ and the huge success of the vaccine rollout ¿ Britain is still not scheduled to open up fully for another seven weeks

Despite the falling numbers – and the huge success of the vaccine rollout – Britain is still not scheduled to open up fully for another seven weeks

‘If you take the data rather than dates, infections, hospitalisations and deaths have fallen quite rapidly and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that any of the unlocking has caused any sort of spike,’ he said.

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‘It didn’t happen when schools reopened and hasn’t as a result of shops reopening. We need to push the Government to get on with it. A lot of normal life could be returned.’

As Britain passed the milestone of 50million vaccinations, Sir Robert called for measures such as allowing more guests at weddings ‘otherwise we’re going to lose another summer’.

A further 1,649 confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday – down 20 per cent in seven days. The solitary death takes the seven-day total to 105 – down 35 per cent on the week before.

The figures came as: 

Mr Johnson confirmed an

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