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Lockdown easing in England delayed to Jul 19

Lockdown easing in England delayed to Jul 19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (Jun 14) extended Covid-19 restrictions in England till July 19, which were earlier scheduled to be lifted on June 21, saying there was concern about the spread of Delta variant.

The final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England is to be delayed until Jul 19. It means most remaining curbs on social contact will continue beyond Jun 21, 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.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be a review after two weeks and he was "confident" the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks.

However, he told a Downing Street press conference he could not rule out the possibility the date could be pushed back further.

Scientists advising the government had warned of a "significant resurgence" in people needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 if stage four of easing the lockdown went ahead on Jun 21.

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