Downing Street was forced into a U-turn just 160 minutes after saying the pair would avoid the required 10 days in isolation by taking part in a pilot scheme.
In the wake of the farce, ministers are urging Mr Johnson to ditch the requirement for fully vaccinated people to self-isolate – as the Government announced that front-line NHS and social care staff who have had both jabs can keep working if they are “pinged”.
All children could be vaccinated by end of the year
The Covid vaccine may be offered to all children later this year once trials conclude – despite officials being expected to stop short of that recommendation today. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is expected to announce that only vulnerable children aged 12 to 15, and 17-year-olds within three months of their 18th birthday, will be offered a jab amid concerns there is too little data on safety and efficacy in young people. But the JCVI is expected to leave the door open for more children to be vaccinated once trials conclude later this year. Science Editor Sarah Knapton explains why experts believe it may be difficult to reach herd immunity if children are not vaccinated.
Life after lockdown: Do you have ‘cave syndrome’?
Are you afraid to step into the light? You might have what experts are calling “cave syndrome”. Though we have spent more than a year longing for things to go back to how they were, many are now feeling – sometimes to their own surprise – reluctant to emerge. Psychiatrists tell Eleanor Steafel why so many of us are reluctant to embrace our old freedoms – and how to overcome social anxiety. And Luke Mintz explains why returning to the office is good for your health.
Your views as legal Covid restrictions end
We asked Front Page readers to let us know what you will be doing differently after Covid restrictions ended today and what you are thankful for. This week, we will share some of your contributions.
“I’ve already booked theatre tickets. Can’t wait to see live shows. I’ve also booked a holiday so I can visit places of historical interest. What I can’t do is visit my son who lives and works in Dubai. I miss him so much.” Roy Smith, 74, Romsey, Hampshire
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Rhodes row | Oxford dons should stop “throwing tantrums” over Cecil Rhodes and instead focus on addressing the inequalities of today, Oriel College’s only African tutor has said. Dr Marie Kawthar Daouda, who is from Morocco, said she was “perplexed” by her colleagues’ complaints about keeping the statue of the Victorian imperialist in place.
Around the world: Merkel sees floods devastation
Angela Merkel visited flood-hit towns yesterday and said the German language barely had the words to describe the “terrifying” devastation, hours after the candidate poised to succeed her as chancellor apologised for laughing during a speech about the victims. Watch the video below and see more striking world pictures from the weekend.
Debt mountain | Rishi Sunak faces an extra £10 billion bill over the next two years as inflation surges, driving up interest bills on government debts linked to the cost of living. About a quarter of government debt – £460 billion – is tied to the retail price index, so the Treasury must pay out more to savers and investors when prices rise.
Tokyo Olympics | Team GB’s plans have been thrown into disarray by news that six track and field athletes, two athletics staff members and two headquarters staff members have been forced to isolate in Japan after they were identified as close contacts of positive Covid cases. Join our Olympics Briefing newsletter for daily insight direct to your inbox.
Turkish-spiced lamb with onions, yogurt and pasta | A dish by Diana Henry that is perfect for days when you crave something hearty. View the recipe and try our Cookbook newsletter.
And finally… for this morning’s downtime
‘I never expected to become the Covid widow’ | Amanda Kloots, the US television host, lost her husband early on in the pandemic. She speaks to Celia Walden about the devastating loss of Broadway star Nick Cordero – and the one regret that keeps resurfacing.