Most current coronavirus rules in the UK will remain in place for another four weeks as senior ministers have signed off on the decision to delay the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact. Freedom
According to BBC, that could mean capacity limits for sports, pubs and cinemas will remain, and nightclubs would stay closed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to confirm the delay later at a news conference, BBC added.
The extension to be put to a Commons vote this month could lead to a sizeable Conservative backbench rebellion.
Many scientists have called for the reopening to be delayed to enable more people to be vaccinated and receive second doses amid rising cases of the Delta variant. Freedom
A delay would also allow for more work to be done on whether vaccines are breaking, or simply weakening, the link between infections and hospitalisations.
Health Minister Edward Argar stated to BBC Breakfast that he could not confirm the delay ahead of the prime minister’s announcement, but that there was a “concerning increase” in cases of the Delta variant and numbers in hospital were “beginning to creep up”.
Minister added, that most severe cases were among unvaccinated people or those who had only one dose, and that over four weeks they would be able to administer nearly 10 million second doses to increase protection. Freedom Freedom
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