Lockdown won't be lifted: Boris Johnson says restrictions in England will now continue until July 19.
Cases of coronavirus are on the rise again in the UK. Meanwhile, PM Boris Johnson said that concerns remain over infection cases and an increase in the number of patients admitted to the hospital due to the delta form of coronavirus.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday extended the period of termination of all lockdown restrictions by another four weeks till July 19. Earlier, the restrictions were going to end on June 21. Johnson said concerns remain over infection cases and the increase in the number of patients admitted to the hospital due to the delta form of coronavirus. With the prime minister's announcement, Freedom Day will now be celebrated on July 19 to celebrate the end of the lockdown. Johnson said it would be better to wait a little longer. He also expressed hope that July 19 will be the last day to abolish the restrictions and there will be no need to extend it further. The Prime Minister said, "We will now speed up giving second doses of Covid-19 vaccine to people above the age of 40 years so that they can get maximum protection from viruses.
7490 cases came on Sunday
Britain had reported 7490 new coronavirus cases and eight people died on Sunday. Last week, cases saw an increase of 49 percent compared to seven days before that. Scientists and health officials have urged each other to delay scrapping all distance rules to further expand the scope of vaccination. At the same time, the elderly can be given the second dose of vaccine and the young population can be given the first dose. A senior government source told The Daily Telegraph that it is a direct race between the virus and vaccine. Earlier, Johnson had a meeting with his cabinet ministers and scientific advisers and assessed the latest data. It was said that the Prime Minister could blame the third wave of Covid for the delay in removing the lockdown and say it could lead to the vaccination of millions more by the end of July. At the same time, delay in eliminating restrictions will give scientists more time to monitor the delta format. This form of the virus was first identified in India.