After the resignation of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Sajid Javid – the new Healthy Secretary-will soon update MPs on the Covid measures.
Mr Javid said he wished to see the end of restrictions at the earliest possible, but any easing would be “irreversible”.
Boris Johnson stated the remaining measures would ease on 19 July and ensured a data review to see if this can take place two weeks earlier.
The Commons is expected to be shared the details of this review. The government had earlier planned to ease all legal limits on social contact on 21 June. However, it was postponed because of concern over the spread of the Delta variant.
In the interim, travellers from the UK to mainland Portugal will now be needed to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, except if they have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks.
Portugal, which was taken off from the UK’s green travel list of quarantine-free destinations earlier this month, has brought in the new legislation until 11 July.
It, however, does not apply to the Portuguese island of Madeira, which is being included in the UK’s green list on Wednesday.
The ministerial announcement about coronavirus restrictions is expected in the House of Commons at about 17:30 BST today.
Mr Javid said, “I want to see the restrictions lifted and life going back to normal as quickly as possible. That is my absolute priority. I want to see those restrictions lifted as soon as we can. It’s going to be irreversible, there’s no going back. That’s why we want to be careful during that process.”
The new coronavirus instances across the country have continued to rise rapidly in the week since what would have been “freedom day” – and have increased up to 59% in week-on-week figures.
Nonetheless, the government’s decision on easing measures will also consider the progress of the UK’s vaccine rollout.
The latest figures display that, across the UK, 44m people or 84.1% of adults, have received their first jab and more than 32m people, or 61.6% of the adult population, has had their second.
Some Conservative backbenchers have insisted the government lift controls quickly, saying the country must learn to live with Covid and that the authorities plan of the early investment in providing a vaccine in massive numbers was always envisioned to achieve just that.