MPs and industry bosses urged the Government to ease the growing crisis by adding supermarket staff, lorry drivers and other front-line workers to a list of those exempted from automatic isolation when “pinged” by the app as a contact of someone with Covid.
The Government has yet to publish guidance on which industries would benefit from any exemption scheme.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson faces defeat in the Commons over plans for vaccine passports. The Prime Minister said he would change the law to require proof of two doses of Covid vaccines for entry into nightclubs and “other venues where large crowds gather”.
He must hold a vote in the Commons and Lords, but now faces opposition from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
Prince George shows the Royal family’s love of the Land Rover has continued to the latest generation, as he sits on the bonnet of a Defender in a photograph to mark his eighth birthday today. The setting of the picture, taken by the Prince’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a nod to his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who had a Land Rover Defender modified as a bespoke hearse. And watch Camilla Tominey explain why Prince George’s childhood will be drastically different to the other royals.
The end of lockdown: What Front Page readers think
What are you changing about your life after Covid restrictions ended in England? We asked Front Page readers to tell us what you are thankful for. This week, we are sharing some of your contributions:
“I am looking forward to having bridge again at my house. Playing bridge online was fine, but not like the real thing. Just need to buy the Pimms.” Helen Belcham, 77, Wirral
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Smart meters | It is a £13.4 billion project. But smart meters will be rendered useless if Britain moves to hydrogen powered homes, the business secretary has admitted. Trials are under way to look at the feasibility of alternatives to gas boilers as the UK seeks to decarbonise home heating by 2050. Kwasi Kwarteng said homes could potentially be switched to hydrogen, but acknowledged it would need the replacement of smart meters. Environment Editor Emma Gattenexplains why.
Debt fears | Rishi Sunak is expected to push back against demands for a post-Covid spending spree after rising inflation and the burden of pandemic support measures sent interest payments on national debt to a record high. There is growing alarm in the Treasury that rising inflation could trigger a further jump in interest payments in coming months.
Bulgur wheat salad with herbs and pomegranate | Textured grains by John Gregory-Smith that are delicious with tagines or stews. View the recipe and try our Cookbook newsletter.
And finally… for this morning’s downtime
‘Putin is a topless manbaby’ | As she returns to stand-up comedy at Latitude Festival this weekend, Olga Koch says the comedy circuit is full of “horror” at facing live audiences. The 28-year-old talks to Tristram Fane Saunders about British humour and Soviet clubs.