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Boris Johnson to delay easing of lockdown restrictions by four weeks

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The easing of lockdown restrictions is to be delayed by up to four weeks, the Prime Minister is expected to announce today.

Boris Johnson will plead for patience as he makes the announcement in a press conference at Downing Street.

He will say the delay will allow the Government to ensure as many people as possible are vaccinated by the time all restrictions are removed.

What will the Prime Minister announce today?
What will the Prime Minister announce today?

'Freedom day' had originally been planned for June 21 but will be given a new target date of July 19.

Both The Times and the BBC quoted Government sources tonight saying the revised date had been signed off by ministers.

The Times said the PM viewed it as the 'final stretch' before all lockdown rules are eased.

He is, however, expected to lift the 30-person limit on weddings and allow more seated outdoor sporting and cultural events to take place with large crowds.

But such a move would spell trouble for many outdoor events planned over the coming weeks.

The delay has been signed off by senior ministers including the PM, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Cabinet Office minster Michael Gove and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

It followed a briefing by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

The UK recorded 7,490 Covid cases yesterday, a 49% rise on last week, and eight deaths.

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