Nobody wants to live with the Covid restrictions for longer than is necessary.

But it is also vital we do not throw away the gains made in the last few months which, thanks to the collective effort of the public, have helped contain the virus and save lives.

As we take the next steps towards normality, the Government needs to tread cautiously.

The decisions should be driven by the data, not Boris Johnson’s determination to hit his July 19 deadline for “Freedom Day”.

Despite the vaccination programme the virus is still widespread with more than 25,000 new cases a day being reported in England.

That could rise further if too many ­restrictions are lifted too early.

Summer is beckoning and many Brits are hoping the restrictions will allow relaxing holidays


Ministers must strike the right balance between containing the virus and the pressure Covid has put on business, our mental health and NHS capacity.

It would be better to be safe than sorry, even if that means a few more weeks of restrictions.
Animal horror

Britian prides itself on being a nation of animal lovers.

Sadly, that is not always the case.

As we report today the RSPCA deals with thousands of cases a month where an animal has been hurt or killed by a human hand.

It is not only domestic pets at risk. Incidents last year included badger baiting, birds being shot with crossbows and, horrifically, two hedgehogs being burnt alive.

Penalties for cruelty and neglect were increased this year, but more can be done.

That is why the Mirror is campaigning with the RSPCA for animal welfare to be taught on the school curriculum.

If we teach the next generation to be kinder we can help end this shocking mistreatment.
A home run...

England return to Wembley on Wednesday for the semi-final against Denmark.

Having dispatched Germany and outclassed Ukraine, who’s now that saying Gareth ­Southgate’s men can’t go all the way?