Relaxing of coronavirus rules seen as concession to critics angry over 'partygate' scandal revelations

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said most restrictions deployed to fight the latest wave of the Covid pandemic in England would be lifted from next week.

The announcement comes as Johnson is on the political hot seat, facing a potential revolt from within the ranks of his Conservative party over revelations of lockdown-breaching parties, dubbed "partygate."

Conservative MP Christian Wakeford on Wednesday defected to the opposition Labour party, as a raucous parliament session in London saw no less than five calls for Johnson to resign during weekly questions for the premier.... Read More: i24