New health minister raise hopes of return to “normality”
Covid-19 / Mon 28th Jun 2021 at 08:33am
SAJID Javid raised hopes for an “early return to freedom” yesterday, saying he wanted to get back to normal ‘as soon as possible’ reports the Daily Mail.
Mr Javid is expected to confirm today that the Government is not ready to remove the remaining restrictions on July 5 following a surge in Covid cases.
Some insiders believe measures such as the one-metre rule could even be eased earlier, although Government sources played down the possibility last night.
Arriving for his first day at the Department of Health, Mr Javid told reporters: ‘We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible.
‘That will be my most immediate priority – to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.’
Health sources yesterday said the easing of Covid restrictions was ‘looking good for July 19’, despite new figures showing that cases have jumped by almost 60 per cent in the last week.
Mr Javid, a former chancellor and business secretary, has spoken repeatedly over the last year about the need to reopen the economy at the earliest opportunity.
Allies have said his appointment would ‘tip the balance’ in the Cabinet in favour of opening back up.
Former aide Salma Shah said Mr Javid’s ‘liberal’ instincts were likely to result in a very different approach to that of Mr Hancock, who championed lockdown policy.
‘The immediate thing you are going to see is a change in complexion around the Cabinet table,’ she said. ‘He [Mr Javid] could be defined as a lot more liberal when it comes to Covid restrictions. I think you will see that immediately.’