England’s lockdown easing on 21 June likely to be delayed by up to four weeks

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Sumary of England’s lockdown easing on 21 June likely to be delayed by up to four weeks:

  • And the health secretary, Matt Hancock – will decide whether to suspend the planned unlocking of all legal limits on social contact..
  • There is also a further meeting of the Covid operations committee scheduled for Sunday night before a full cabinet meeting on Monday..
  • The figures come as a further 8,125 Covid cases in the UK were reported on Friday, levels not seen since the end of February..
  • Data released by Public Health England on Friday revealed that up to 96% of Covid cases in England were now down to the Delta variant first discovered in India, with the total number of confirmed cases in the UK passing 42,000..
  • The steep jump in UK cases of Delta variant, by 29,892 to a total of 42,323 in the latest PHE report, is partly due to a new technique to determine the variant present in a positive Covid sample..
  • Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, urged people eligible for vaccination to come forward to receive the jab..
  • Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh University, said it was hard to interpret what the deaths in the fully vaccinated people might mean for the coming months..
  • “It different if those breakthrough infections are in very frail people already in hospital, or in young, healthy adults infected in the community….

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