Britain Set To Delay Full Lifting Of Virus Restrictions
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Mon 14th June 2021 | 03:10 PM
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jun, 2021 ) :Britain was on Monday widely expected to delay the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions due to a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant.
The BBC reported that most current rules will stay in place until July 19.
The more transmissible Delta variant, first identified in India, is now responsible for over 90 percent of cases, and positive tests have jumped 50 percent in the last week.
The postponement comes as reported cases are at their highest since February.
Public Health England said the Delta variant is 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant first identified in southeast England.
That forced the country to go into the last lockdown in January.
Nevertheless hospital admissions and deaths remain low as more than 40 percent of adults in the UK have had two vaccine jabs.
In comments to Sky News on Saturday, Johnson acknowledged that the spread of the virus was a matter of "serious, serious concern".
The Times reported Monday that Johnson and senior ministers agreed a four-week delay after a briefing by scientific and health advisers.
Newspapers hinted at dissent within Johnson's cabinet over the delay. The Times cited an unnamed minister as saying it was "a very odd decision".
England currently does not allow outside gatherings of more than 30 people or for more than two households to meet inside.
The government had hoped to allow reopening of nightclubs and "stand-up" drinking in pubs as well as lifting a limit of 30 guests at weddings.
Businesses hard hit by the restrictions say their livelihoods depend on them being lifted.
The Daily Telegraph reported the limit on permitted wedding guests would be "relaxed".