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Freedom Day – as some media has baptized it – will not arrive on June 21 in the UK.
The British government has had to delay lifting coronavirus restrictions by a month amid concerns about the rapid increase in cases of the most contagious delta variant that was first detected in India.
first Minister , Boris JohnsonIt had planned, according to the plan raised in February, to lift all restrictions on June 21, but announced this Monday that it would extend them. Until July 19Therefore, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other places will not be able to fully open their doors yet.
“I think the sensible thing to do is to wait a little longer,” Johnson said. “I am confident that it will not be more than these four weeks,” added the prime minister, who at this time hopes to expand vaccination, which is advancing at a significant pace in the UK.
Behind the decision is the increase in the number of cases due to delta variable. Health authorities believe it is 60% more transmissible than the previous dominant variant and experts say it could cause a third wave of infections in the country, one of the worst affected in the first wave.
On Monday, the United Kingdom recorded 7,742 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths.
Johnson noted that cases are increasing by 64% per week and that the number of people in intensive care is increasing.
“By being a little careful now, we have the opportunity in the next four weeks to save several thousand lives by vaccinating millions more people,” Johnson said.
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