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Coronavirus live news: parts of UK ease lockdown despite India variant fears; 4 out of 5 in Japan oppose Olympics

UK health experts warn people to ignore lockdown easing; India reports 281,386 cases and 4,106 deaths; more than 80% of Japanese oppose holding Olympics

The British media may have all its eyes on people departing from airports in England today for leisure travel for the first time in month, but it isn’t the only set of airports where travellers can enjoy lifted restrictions today

Reuters report that there was excitement but no crowds early on Monday morning at Riyadh’s international airport as Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on citizens travelling out of the Gulf state without prior permission from authorities.

UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has told Sky News said he thinks it “very likely” that all coronavirus restrictions will be scrapped on 21 June, despite the threat of the variant first detected in India.

Defending the decision to ease the lockdown, PA Media reports he said: “Yes, things are opening up but people should have common sense, they should use judgment and I think if we act in a reasonable way, there is no reason to suppose that we can’t reopen the economy entirely on 21 June.

Related: Ignore lockdown easing to curb Indian Covid variant, health experts urge

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