Boris Johnson from UK to extend Covid-19 restrictions to England: reports
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a delay of England’s next phase of reopening up to four weeks on Monday, amid an increase in the delta variant of Covid-19 first discovered in India.
Rules including the use of face masks, limiting the number of people who can meet indoors and outdoors, and closing nightclubs and similar venues were to be lifted on June 21, but UK media reports suggest it could now be postponed until July 19. At the moment, gatherings are limited to six people indoors and 30 outdoors.
People will also be urged to continue working from home where possible, according to the reports.
New figures from Public Health England indicate that 42,323 cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus have now been confirmed across the UK, a 240% increase from last week, while the country’s transmission rate is at its highest level since January.
More than 70 million doses of the vaccine have been administered across the UK, with around 80% of the country having now received at least one dose. But a PHE article in late May showed that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines were only 33% effective against the delta variant after a single injection.
Johnson told Sky News Saturday that he was prepared to be “careful” to avoid any future reintroduction of containment measures.