As ever at Downing Street press conferences, Boris Johnson’s scientific advisers deployed their graphs skillfully to back up the warnings of potential catastrophe.

But take a closer look and the choice of graphs is arguably disingenuous: the slides are most revealing for what they failed to include. 

Henry Bodkin and Alex Clark reveal what the doom-laden government graphs did not show us.

The head of the NHS has said just one per cent of hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients, compared with a third at the peak of the pandemic.

Yet fears are building among Tory backbenchers that the July 19 "terminus" date will slip.

Of course, the delay to "freedom day" is a blow to businesses and those fed up with restrictions – and Telegraph readers have had their say.

Yet nothing can justify the scenes at an anti-lockdown protest outside Westminster when a BBC journalist was chased and abused.

Videos posted on social media show Nicholas Watt, the political editor of BBC Newsnight, being followed by a large group of protesters chanting "traitor" and "scum".

He was forced to flee to nearby police. Boris Johnson has condemned the incident. You can watch it here.

Met’s ‘institutional corruption’ over unsolved murder

Dame Cressida Dick is facing calls to resign after a damning report into the unsolved 1987 murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan accused the force of "institutional corruption". Daniel’s brother Alistair, who has fought a 30-year campaign for justice, accused the Met Commissioner of delaying the independent panel’s work. Scotland Yard was accused of failing to tackle widespread corruption and cover-ups and of putting the protection of its own reputation before solving a brutal murder. Baroness Nuala O’Loan, the chairman of the independent panel behind the report, said that corruption was still present within the force. Read the findings.

England’s greatest rivalries – where do Scotland rank?

It has been a difficult day for England with goalkeeper Dean Henderson pulling out of the squad through injury and Jack Grealish training away from the main group. Yet Raheem Sterling has said the match against Scotland on Friday is just "going to be another game". So where do Scotland rank in England’s top ten rivalries? Thom Gibbs has the answer (spoiler: not first). Nicola Sturgeon posted on her Instagram pictures of herself staring grimly at the TV as Scotland lost to Croatia. Jim White outlines why there is nothing worse than a politician pretending they care about football. And watch why Cristiano Ronaldo has been praised by anti-obesity campaigners after an incident involving Coke bottles.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

  • Covid liveblog | Scotland ‘likely’ to delay unlocking until July 19
  • Antibody cocktail | Drugs taken by Trump to be rolled out on NHS
  • Freedom for Israelis | Government scraps face masks
  • Travel | Ireland to lengthen quarantine for unvaccinated Britons
  • Bigger weddings | The new Covid rules and guidance from June 21

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Ex-BBC bosses grilled | A former BBC director-general has apologised to the Royal family for the hurt cause by Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. Lord Tony Hall also said he thought Bashir was "out of his depth" but "contrite" after an internal BBC investigation into the interview in 1996 as he gave evidence to a committee of MPs. Read the testimony of more former BBC chiefs.

  • GB News | Boycott widens after Kopparberg pulls advertising
  • Putin meeting | Biden to put on show of Western strength
  • Shamima Begum | I was ‘just a dumb kid’ when I joined Islamic State
  • ‘Diamond rush’ | Discovery of ‘life-changing’ stones in village
  • Queen meets Australian PM | Monarch was ‘quite the hit’ at G7

Around the world: Belarus ‘pressured Ryanair captain’

The captain and crew of the Ryanair passenger jet "hijacked" by the Belarus regime were pressured to confess on camera that they voluntarily diverted to Minsk, the airline’s boss Michael O’Leary has revealed. Mr O’Leary said a number of unidentified people boarded the aircraft carrying video cameras after the plane was intercepted and forced to land in the Belarus capital under the pretext of a fictitious bomb threat. Read what he told MPs on the transport committee.

Tuesday big-read

Manchester Arena bombing: The missed chances to stop a killer


Manchester Arena bombing: The missed chances to stop a killer

In 2017, 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb as people left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Twenty-two people were killed, many of them young children. Izzy Lyons and Robert Mendick detail the litany of errors that allowed it to happen

Read the full article

Comment and analysis

  • Matthew Lesh | Australia deal is better than anything we had in EU
  • Jeremy Warner | BoE may need to hose down housing market ‘on fire’
  • Calvin Robinson | Teaching unions trampling the rights of children
  • Suzanne Moore | Why are the English so ignorant about Ireland?
  • Ross Clark | Driving has rarely been so popular – or so frustrating

Editor’s choice

  • Hyundai Genesis GV80 review | The SUV that’s up against German ‘premiumness’
  • Returning to the office? | The best value rural hotspots for a part-time London commute
  • ‘Squeal like a pig!’ | The Deliverance scene that made – and haunted – Ned Beatty
  • Business and money briefing

    Australia trade deal | When Britain quit the European Union in 2016, a litany of experts warned that it could take the UK a decade to reach a new trade relationship with Brussels – and even longer to strike deals with other countries. Louis Ashworth analyses how the Australia deal proves ‘Remainer’ trade experts wrong six months after Brexit.

    • Morgan Stanley | If you dine out, you can come to the office, staff told
    • Tax hacks | Abolishing Brown’s 55pc pension tax trap is long overdue
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Lions 2021 | Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje all shone in Saracens’ 60-0 thrashing of Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday. Charlie Morgan sets out five reasons why the ruthless display in the second tier will have delighted Lions coach Warren Gatland.

    • Inside Line | Armitage kicks Biarritz into Top 14 in penalty shootout
    • Michael Vaughan | England pay for mucking about with Test cricket
    • Comeback trail | Will Mark Cavendish be at the Tour de France?

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | The Return: Life After Isis, Sky Documentaries, 9pm
    • Listen | Imposters podcast: Why do so many feel like frauds at work?
    • Health | Three easy ways to improve your gut

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    ‘How music grooms teens is sickening’ | At 54 and with a brand new album, Garbage singer Shirley Manson is still unrepentantly opinionated about life, music and men. She tells Neil McCormick about her new record, old demons and pop’s sexism problem.

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