On England’s ‘Freedom Day,’ Rising Virus Cases and a Prime Minister in Isolation

“Freedom Day” arrived in England on Monday with its chief architect, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confined in quarantine, millions of Britons facing the same prospect and untold people more anxious about the risks of liberation.

Such were the incongruities on the long-awaited day when the government lifted all but a few remaining coronavirus restrictions — a day when the virus infected 39,950 people and swept up tens of thousands more who were notified by the National Health Service’s cellphone app after they were in contact with an infected person.

Mr. Johnson defended the decision to reopen from his country residence,

3 Democrats Who Fled Texas to Block Voting Bill Test Positive for Coronavirus

Five of the nearly 60 Texas Democrats who fled Texas last week in an effort to prevent the passage of a restrictive new voting law have tested positive for the coronavirus in Washington, including two cases announced on Sunday.

The Texas House Democratic Caucus said all five lawmakers were fully vaccinated and were experiencing mild or no symptoms, Reuters reported, citing an emailed statement. It said all caucus members and their staff members in Washington were being tested daily.

The caucus did not name the lawmakers who had tested positive, though two have identified themselves. State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer