Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the PM of ‘essentially putting the whole nation into a car, pressing the accelerator and taking the seatbelt off’.
The prime minister will spend Freedom Day isolating after he was pinged by NHS Test and Trace following contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive.
He defended the move in a video message on Sunday saying ‘if we don’t do it now, we have to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?’
He continued: ’But we’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there. Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.
‘But we have this immense consolation and satisfaction that there is no doubt at all that the vaccine programme – the massive vaccination programme – has very severely weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation, and between infection and serious illness and death.
‘So please, please, please be cautious and go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people and the risks that the disease continues to present.’