YET AGAIN Boris Johnson hits the nail on the head by shelving the planned announcement on social distancing next week.

As Matt Hancock has already pointed out, the Indian variant of Covid is very serious, is spreading, and coupled together with the fact that lots of people are still not fully vaccinated, would pose a danger to life yet again.

There may be 12 countries on the green list but seven have their borders closed anyway and in the case of Australia, is now likely to remain shut to international arrivals for another year.

Add to this the remarkable news that an Australian covid drugs tested on mice has had a 99.9% success rate in stopping damage to the lungs from Covid and the only conclusion is that patience is a virtue and Boris is yet again right.

Geoffrey Brooking