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Monday evening UK news briefing: Boris Johnson delays 'freedom day' but limit on weddings lifted

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Your evening briefing from The Telegraph
Your evening briefing from The Telegraph

Big weddings will return from next Monday as the cap on attendees is to end, Boris Johnson has announced.

The final stage of England's reopening from lockdown will be delayed by four weeks after fears the NHS could be overwhelmed by the new wave of Covid-19.

The Prime Minister said the restrictions that were due to lift on June 21 will now not end until July 19, by which time he is "confident" they can be lifted fully, amid growing alarm at the spread of the Delta variant, first found in India.

It means social distancing rules will remain for now as well as wearing face masks and sitting in groups of no more than six inside and 30 outside.

But there are some exemptions. The 30-person attendee limit on weddings is to lift, with venues given their own capacity limits.

Our liveblog has the details and here is how rules will be affected.

When the Government set out its roadmap in February, the Prime Minister said the release dates would go ahead so long as four tests were met.

Sarah Knapton assesses how close the UK is to "freedom day" for our Covid lockdown release.

It comes as a major study has shown vaccines provide strong protection against being hospitalised with the Indian or delta Covid variant, although the risk of being admitted to hospital is doubled for people catching the Indian mutation.

UK's tallest MP blames height for anger against staff

The UK's tallest MP has claimed his height partially contributed to him losing his temper with Parliamentary staff attempting to fix his IT problems, as he was today ordered to issue a public apology. Daniel Kawczynski, who is 6ft 9ins tall, was found to have acted in a "threatening and intimidating manner" towards two members of staff after he was unable to participate in a virtual committee hearing last year. Read why the MP said his height played a part in his outburst.

Scotland lose opener as Schick scores from 50 yards

Two goals from Patrik Schick - including the goal of Euro 2020 so far from near the halfway line - meant it was a disappointing return to tournament football for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic. Read our match report and follow the latest from Poland v Slovakia live here. Scotland's clash against England on Friday night is now all the more vital but Jamie Carragher reckons the Auld Enemy have changed their attitude to captain Harry Kane who must accept he is no longer one of England's untouchables. It has been a superb start to the tournament on the pitch and Des Lynam gives his verdict on the TV coverage.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

China dominates | Nato's secretary general called for more investment in defence to counter China's rising military strength ahead of the Brussels summit today. The security threat posed by China is set to dominate the 31st formal Nato summit, which Boris Johnson is attending.

Around the world: Uyghurs coerced into unpaid work

Yerzhan Kurman was relieved to be released after nine months in a 're-education camp' in China's Xinjiang region. But within days of his release, he was sent to work 12-hour shifts in a garment factory, where managers demanded he produce 200 pairs of gloves a day. Sophia Yan reveals how China has forced Xinjiang Muslims into slavery. If you want more in-depth world news, try our new Dispatches newsletter.

Monday interview

Martin Lewis: 'I wish Boris Johnson was scammed as much as me'

Martin Lewis - Nicky Johnston/ITV
Martin Lewis - Nicky Johnston/ITV

The money-saving expert turned mental health campaigner tells Adam Williams about the generation of freelancers and entrepreneurs "slung on to the scrapheap" and practising what he preaches

Read the full interview

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Sport briefing

RFU trial | Tackles above the waist will be outlawed in age-grade matches next season as part of a law trial by the Rugby Football Union that could increase offloads and radically alter the nature of the sport.

Three things for tonight

And finally... for this evening's downtime

How to tell if your partner is a narcissist | Criticising you for things you did not know you did and painting a picture of you that you do not recognise. Shouting at you then givin "the silent treatment". Emily Hill asks why women keep falling for narcissists.

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