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UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19

The UK authorities is claimed to be weighing up a delay of round a fortnight beyond the June 21 timeline set for the ultimate stage of a roadmap to finish all authorized lockdown restrictions, amid a unbroken rise within the instances of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in components of the nation.

The delay being thought-about is to allow all over-50s to be absolutely vaccinated with each doses of a vaccine, discovered to be simplest in opposition to the extremely transmissible variant of concern (VOC) first recognized in India, and likewise to depart ample time for the jabs to take impact.

‘The Times’ newspaper quoted a Cabinet supply as saying {that a} delay of “between two weeks and a month” is to be anticipated and one other stated {that a} delay made extra sense than a partial lifting of lockdown restrictions to keep away from any “confusion” in messaging.

It follows a so-called “downbeat” briefing from the federal government’s Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance to the Cabinet.

When requested concerning the studies, UK Environment Secretary George Eustice would solely say that “nothing is being ruled out” by the federal government, as it’s scheduled to make an announcement on Step 4, or final stage, of the lockdown roadmap on Monday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly informed his Cabinet that whereas the connection between instances and hospitalisations has modified, there’s a want to proceed to take a look at the info fastidiously forward of making a call on Step 4.

Downing Street stated that information rising over the approaching week shall be “crucial” in deciding whether or not all authorized coronavirus restrictions can finish as hoped on June 21.

“There still remains nothing in the data currently to suggest Step 4 can’t go ahead at the earliest date. But we do need to look very closely at the data over this coming week,” Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson stated.

According to the roadmap introduced earlier this year, Step 4 would see the final indoor venues which stay closed, together with nightclubs, reopen and restrictions on massive occasions and performances stop to apply.

Ministers have beforehand urged that some restricted measures may stay in place beyond June 21, together with additional working from dwelling, social distancing in bars and eating places and masks carrying in public settings.

Meanwhile, the federal government introduced emergency measures of enhanced testing and vaccinations for components of north-west England exhibiting a spike in Delta variant instances, together with Greater Manchester and (*21*).

Public Health Wales (PHW) additionally revealed that there at the moment are 178 instances of the Delta coronavirus variant within the nation, a rise of 81 instances since June 3.

“The organisation is alerting the public that Wales may slowly be beginning to experience localised community transmission of the variant, with increasing evidence of cases with no travel history,” PHW said.

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