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Lockdown easing in England delayed to 19 July

Covid-19 / Mon 14th Jun 2021 at 05:31pm

THE final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England is to be delayed for four weeks until 19 July, the prime minister has confirmed reports the BBC.

It means most remaining curbs on social contact will continue beyond 21 June, when they had been due to be lifted. 

The limit on wedding guest numbers will be removed but venues will still have to adhere to other rules. 

Boris Johnson said he was “confident” the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks.

Scientists advising the government had warned there could be a “significant resurgence” in people needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 if stage four of easing the lockdown went ahead on 21 June.

It comes amid rising cases, driven by the more transmissible Delta variant, which was first identified in India.

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