Boris Johnson has said the roadmap for easing England’s coronavirus lockdown is still on track, even as a third wave of infections hits Europe.
The PM said he will soon “be able to go to the barbers” and eventually “drink a pint… in the pub”.
Outdoor gatherings are allowed from Monday, with more restrictions due to be eased on 12 April.
Mr Johnson added that nothing in the data dissuaded him “from continuing along our roadmap to freedom”.
From Monday, people will be allowed to meet outside – including in private gardens – in groups of up to six, or as two households. Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality venues are due to reopen on 12 April.
On Saturday, the government said a further 58 people had died within 28 days of a positive test in the UK and another 4,715 coronavirus cases had been reported – the first time this week the number has dipped below 5,000.
A total of 411,305 first doses of the vaccine were given on Friday, the highest number since Saturday last week, and 283,654 second jabs given, which is more than double the number administered last Friday.
News Source: BBC News