Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans to reopen the economy and eventually relaunch international travel today when he updates the coronavirus roadmap, aided by one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world.

As much of Europe enters new lockdowns to tackle surging cases, Mr. Johnson will give an update on his staggering plan to ease restrictions in the coming months at a Downing Street press conference – to be held exactly a year to the day since he was taken into hospital with Covid-19.

Mr. Johnson is expected to confirm that non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, and hairdressers can reopen on April 12 in England, while he will also give more details on vaccine passports and international travel.

The government’s plan to use a traffic-light system for countries based on infection and vaccination levels gives a glimmer of hope that some form of holiday could take place. Under the current plan, international travel will not resume until May 17 at the earliest

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