What a relief. England will move to the final stage of easing Covid restrictions on 19 July, ministers confirmed. It means almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed. But the prime minister said it was vital to proceed with "caution", warning "this pandemic is not over”. The peak of the current wave is not expected before mid-August and could lead to between 1,000 and 2,000 hospital admissions per day, according to government scientists. Central estimates from modellers - who have not always got it right - advising the government also show that Covid deaths are expected to be between 100 and 200 per day at the peak, although there is a large amount of uncertainty. Much to get on with. Joined a virtual meeting of our European Scrutiny Committee at 1400. During the public session about the Trade Cooperation Agreement with the EU, we took oral evidence from four eminent experts in this field. They were: Martin Howe QC, Professor David Collins, Dr Lorand Bartels and Christophe Bondy. The session is on Hansard if you want to read further.