Tensions are growing outside Parliament as huge crowds of maskless protesters gather before Boris Johnson’s highly-anticipated ‘freedom day’ announcement.

The prime minister is expected to delay the lifting of all Covid restrictions on June 21 by four weeks when he addresses the nation at 6pm.

He is likely to urge the public to accept ‘one last heave’ of restrictions before a return to complete normality.

But demonstrators made it clear they will reject further limitations on everyday life as they marched to Number 10 today.

Furious protesters shouted ‘shame on you’ and held signs reading ‘freedom is not negotiable’ at the gates this afternoon.

Others held up placards urging people to reject Covid vaccines and complained about the ‘New World Order’.

Notorious anti-lockdown advocates Laurence Fox and Piers Corbyn were present.

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother held an anti-vax banner as he stood alongside others who named climate change a ‘con’.

Mr Johnson is expected to announce social distancing rules will stay until at least July 19 amid fears of the Delta variant, first identified in India.

Nightclubs will remain closed and the rule of six will be maintained indoors, reports claim.

The Delta strain is feared to be at least 40% to 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant first detected in Kent, and appears to double the risk of hospitalisation.

It is now the dominant form of Covid across the UK, accounting for 90% of infections.

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