Plans for the reopening of indoor hospitality are expected to go ahead despite the emerging surge in Covid-19 cases among young people.
There is growing concern at the rapid rise in infections which has seen daily case numbers rise to levels not seen since February. However it is expected this should not affect the advice that it is safe for vaccinated people to go indoors for drinking and dining.
Data circulated to senior officials and Ministers has demonstrated the extent to which the surge in cases has been driven by younger people, with infections “rising very rapidly in young adults”, according to a summary of the research.
But senior sources say their expectation is that this should not lead to increases in hospital admissions at a scale that would lead to significant pressure on the system.