Boris Johnson extends easing COVID-19 restrictions
The prime minister announced at a Downing Street press conference yesterday that the easing of the last restrictions of the English lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks.
The last easing of restrictions was due to take place on the 21st of June, which involved having no legal limits on social contact; no legal limit on all life events; and nightclubs and larger events being able to open.
The reason why the easing of restrictions has been delayed is due to the rise in COVID-19 cases concerning the delta variant – a variant first identified in India.
The delta variant is a mutation of COVID-19 virus. It is common for viruses to mutate, but some mutations can make viruses more contagious. This new variant – B.1.617.2 – is now responsible for 90% of new COVID cases in UK according to the Guardian.
Yesterday, the UK seen 7,742 cases of coronavirus and 3 deaths within 28 days of positive test. Nevertheless, 41,698,429 people have had their first vaccination and 29,973,779 have had their second vaccination against the deadly virus.