July 19 is firmly circled on Sajid Javid’s calendar. The newly-promoted Health Secretary this afternoon told MPs it will be "the start of an exciting new journey for our country" as he vowed to end lockdown.
He insisted in the Commons there was "no reason to go beyond" the date, although he will not bring it forward.
In his first Despatch Box statement since being appointed on Saturday night, the former chancellor said he spent yesterday "testing to the limit" coronavirus data.
"No date we choose comes with zero risk for Covid," he said. "We cannot simply eliminate it, we have to learn to live with it."
It came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled the "terminus" date would mean going "back to life as it was before Covid as far as possible".
Our guide to the roadmap explains what that could mean. And read the (overwhelmingly positive) verdicts of your fellow Telegraph readers on Mr Javid’s appointment.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has been accused of "trying to rewrite history" after he appeared to claim credit for Matt Hancock’s resignation at the weekend – despite having considered the matter "closed" on Friday.
After the former health secretary’s extramarital affair was exposed, what is the real reason men are more likely to cheat than women? Science has the answers.
Harvard evolutionary biologist Carole Hooven explains how hormones impact behaviour.
What next for Martha Hancock, the MP’s wife of 15 years? Rosa Silverman consults the experts about her options.
Portugal quarantine for unvaccinated children over 12
Family holidays to Portugal are in doubt after it emerged all children aged 12 and over will have to be vaccinated or face quarantine on arrival in the country. The Portuguese government today added the UK to a list of countries that requires travellers to provide proof of being double-jabbed or to isolate for 14 days "at home or a place indicated by the health authorities". It came as Spain also today introduced new restrictions on UK travellers amid demands by Chancellor Angela Merkel for EU states to follow Germany’s example and impose quarantine on UK citizens to combat the spread of the delta variant – even if they are vaccinated. It caused travel stocks to slide. Looking to book a quarantine-free break? Our travel experts have the ultimate green list holiday guide.
Wimbledon returns – with multiple standing ovations
The first match on Centre Court in two years turned into a crowd-pleaser with multiple standing ovations. The first was aimed at Covid vaccine mastermind Prof Sarah Gilbert – a guest in the Royal Box – but the rest were largely for Jack Draper, the British 19-year-old who made a stirring debut against world No1 Novak Djokovic. The teenager held him at bay for long enough to win the first set, before Djokovic showed his winning class to win in four sets. Read four reasons why Draper impressed.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Vaccines | Mixing jabs is ‘more effective than having same two’
- Covid testing | Dozens of ‘cowboy’ labs on approved providers list
- Cricket | Sri Lanka trio sent home after breaking rules on night out
- Polarised | ‘Jab has driven a wedge between anti-vax mother and me’
- Buck naked | Nude sunbathers fleeing deer fined for lockdown breach
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Explosion under London station | A large fire broke out under Elephant and Castle station this afternoon, leading to explosions and evacuations. Around 100 firefighters were sent to the scene, where the blaze had started in garages in railway arches. Two people were reported injured, as videos captured fireballs shooting from the unit.
- France | The centre-right candidate hoping to challenge Macron
- Kim Jong-un | North Korean TV’s rare comment on ’emaciated’ leader
- ‘You can taste girders’ | Irn-Bru ‘delicious’, says William on tour
- Trashing countryside | Beauty spots turned into ‘clubbing venues’
- Obituary | Spitfire ace who destroyed at least 11 enemy aircraft
Around the world: Hotter than the body can handle
The city of Jacobabad in Pakistan has long been renowned for its fierce heat that can top 52C (126F). Now research has conferred an unwelcome scientific distinction. It is one of only two places on earth to have now officially passed a threshold hotter than the human body can withstand. Experts fear it may worsen with climate change. Ben Farmer reports from the city where residents retreat inside as if sheltering from attack.
Monday long-read: Roger Federer and Wimbledon – a romance in three acts
Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles and is for many the greatest grasscourt player to have lived. Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs explains how his special relationship with SW19 materialised. Read the feature.
Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles
Comment and analysis
- Tom Harris | Odds are against a comeback for Hancock
- Tim Stanley | Hancock’s adultery is not a private matter
- Ben Marlow | Whitehall directorships are a gift for cronies
- Telegraph View | Sajid Javid now has his work cut out
- David Burnside | Chaotic Unionists must buck up their act
Business and money briefing
Motoring | Nissan will this week unveil plans for a battery gigafactory at its Sunderland site, as well as setting production plans for new electric vehicles at the plant. The announcement from the Japanese automotive giant will be received as a vote of confidence in Britain’s car industry.
- Boosting signal – and finances | Tube joins the mobile age
- Phones | Boost for Dixons Carphone with Vodafone deal
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Euro 2020 | Belgium eliminated reigning champions Portugal, who went down fighting last night. But does a good tournament need a chief antagonist? Thom Gibbs tells how they crashed out with tantrum tactics, cynical fouls and awful free-kicks. Meanwhile, former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes England will be the "easiest opponent" Germany have faced at the contest so far tomorrow night.
- Tour de France | Live updates as Thomas ‘dislocates shoulder’
- Rafa revolt | Threatening banner left near Benitez’s home
- F1 | How a skinny rear wing helped Red Bull steal a march
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Devon and Cornwall, C4, 8pm – a gentle ramble of a show
- Shop | First look at new Debenhams – our fashion editor’s verdict
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
The most bracingly un-PC show on TV | Not everyone saw the funny side to Anne Robinson’s savage insults on The Weakest Link – and new host Romesh Ranganathan may struggle to top them. Ed Power looks at how she uncorked her scorched-earth persona.
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