PM announces four-week delay to Covid lockdown easing in England

Boris Johnson says more time needed to tackle Delta variant but signals he will not tolerate further suspension

Boris Johnson has halted the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England and ordered a four-week delay to speed up the vaccination programme, but signalled afterwards he would not tolerate any further suspension.

The prime minister said 19 July was a “terminus date” and that all restrictions on social contact could be lifted, barring the emergence of a gamechanging new variant.

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