Do we have to learn to live with Covid-19? – podcast

A new wave of Covid-19 cases is threatening to disrupt another summer in the UK as the government extends restrictions for England into July amid concern about the rate of spread of the Delta variant.

The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, tells Anushka Asthana that this time around we are in a very different position with most adults now having had two vaccine jabs. However, there is still a prospect of a sharp rise in Covid cases and with it more hospital admissions and deaths. Boris Johnson has said cases of the Delta variant are rising at about 30% a week.

Gill Tee and Debs Shilling have been organising the Black Deer festival, a celebration of Americana and country music. After the government’s delay to lifting restrictions, the event has had to be cancelled for the second successive year. The pair say that while they understand the seriousness of the new wave, they and those who had bought tickets are devastated.

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Festivalgoers on the first day of the Download festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, on Friday

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