Wearing a mask will no longer be a legal requirement, social distancing rules will be removed in most situations and nightclubs will be able to reopen.
The announcement comes as the third wave of Covid-19 continues to spread across England, with the case rate rising sharply and the number of hospitals slowly increasing, although deaths are still at a low level.
Sajid Javid has announced that self-isolation rules are relaxed for fully vaccinated people and those under the age of 18, while Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has lifted the quarantine for those who are double-bitten and returning from countries of the orange list abroad.
But, what does the situation look like now for England?
Here’s a look at the latest data, based on analysis by the PA news agency:
The rate of new coronavirus cases in most parts of England has now returned to levels last seen over the winter.
A total of 154,262 new confirmed cases were recorded in England in the seven days leading up to July 4, according to Public Health England – the equivalent of 274.1 cases per 100,000 people.
This is an increase from 172.9 per 100,000 a week earlier and is the highest rate of new cases since January 28.
However, it is still well below the second wave peak of 680.6 per 100,000.
Case rates in all parts of England are now at their highest level since at least February.
The north-east of England has the highest rate, with 613.4 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 4.
This is the region’s highest rate since comparable figures began in the summer of 2020, when mass testing was first introduced across the country.
All other regions have their highest rate since late January or early February this year except Yorkshire and the Humber where the rate is the highest since mid-November last year.
Case rates also continue to increase for all age groups, with 20-29 year olds recording the highest rate of 614.3 cases per 100,000 people.
This is the highest rate for this age group since the week of January 17.
The five to nine year olds (248.6 cases per 100,000) and the 10 to 19 year olds (578.6) are now recording their highest rates since the start of comparable figures.
Of England’s 315 local areas, 304 (97%) are currently seeing a weekly increase in case rates and only 11 (3%) have seen a decrease.
Coronavirus infections in England are estimated to have reached a level last seen in February.
About one in 160 people in private households had Covid-19 in the week to July 3 – up from one in 260 the week before, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is the highest level since the week of February 19.
The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 is estimated to have increased in all regions, with the North East and North West of England having the highest proportion of people likely to test positive during the most recent week: about one in 80 people.
The east of England had the lowest estimate: around one in 350.
When modeling the level of infection among different age groups in England, the ONS said rates had increased for all groups.
About one in 45 people aged 12 to 24 is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to July 3, the highest positivity rate for all age groups.
Hospitalized Covid-19 patients
The number of patients has reached levels last seen about three months ago.
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in England stood at 2,209 as of July 8, according to the latest figures from NHS England.
This figure is up 42% from the previous week and is the highest since April 9.
However, the number of patients does not increase as strongly as the cases or infections.
They are also well below the record 34,336 Covid-19 hospital patients at the height of the second wave on January 18.
All regions are currently reporting an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients, with the North West of England having the highest number (596, up 20% week-over-week), followed by the combined region of North East England and Yorkshire (442, up 74%), London (411, up 25%) and the Midlands (389, up 70%).
Meanwhile, hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 in England stood at 458 on July 6 – the highest daily total since March 10.
Admissions peaked at 4,134 on January 12.
It is estimated that around 86% of adults in England have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with around 65% having received both doses.
However, the use of the vaccine varies by age group.
While over 95% of adults in the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79 age groups are estimated to have received a dose, the latest figure for those aged 80 and over is 94%, which which suggests that about one in 17 in this age group still has not received a vaccine against Covid-19.
Among younger groups, 88% of 40-49 year olds are likely to have received a dose, along with 78% of 30-39 year olds and 60% of 18-29 year olds.
These estimates relate to vaccinations delivered until July 4.
The government has said it will have offered all adults in England a first dose by July 19.
It is estimated that just under 92% of people aged 80 and over have received both doses of the vaccine, suggesting that about one in 12 people are not fully vaccinated.
It is estimated that 93% of eligible elderly care home residents in England are fully immunized, but only 75% of eligible nursing home staff are likely to have had both vaccines.
Almost 91% of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England received both doses, as did 77% of people aged 16 to 64 classified as at risk or caregivers.
The latest estimates from Public Health England suggest that the vaccinations have directly avoided more than 46,300 hospitalizations in England, while the direct and indirect impact of the vaccination program would have avoided between 7.5 and 8.9 million infections.
It is also estimated to have prevented between 29,000 and 31,800 deaths.
There has been a very slight increase in the average number of deaths reported each day of people in England who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
The number stood at 21 on July 8, down from 14 a week earlier and 12 the week before.
But it’s still well below the kind of numbers seen in January and February of this year.
The seven-day average of reported deaths peaked at 1,135 on January 23.