UK Covid LIVE: No reason to delay June 21 reopening, No10 suggests, as WHO renames variants to remove stigma

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<p>Sun-seekers at Hackney Marshes in east London on Monday</p> (AFP via Getty Images)

Sun-seekers at Hackney Marshes in east London on Monday

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Boris Johnson still sees nothing in the data to suggest the plan to end all legal lockdown restrictions on June 21 will need to be delayed, Downing St has suggested.

Asked about the Prime Minister's plans amid warnings over the spread of the Indian variant, a No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has said on a number of occasions that we haven't seen anything in the data but we will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move through June towards June 21."

It comes as the WHO has renamed Covid variants to simplify language, and remove stigma. The Kent variant will now be called Alpha, for example, and the Indian variant, Beta.

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