Boris Johnson extends lockdown due to Delta variant

“Freedom Day” is to be postponed

Because of the rapid spread of the delta variant, people in England have to wait even longer for further corona easing. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended the still applicable Corona measures until July 19 on Monday, as he explained at a press conference in London. The vaccination program is now to be accelerated again.

Relaxations only at weddings

The “Day of Freedom”, which has been planned for June 21, is to be postponed by up to four weeks. So far, it was planned that all contact restrictions still in force will be lifted on Monday next week. Shops and restaurants have already been open for weeks.

Now only the rules for weddings on this date are relaxed – more than 30 guests are now allowed there again. The other parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own corona rules, which, however, differ only slightly from those in England. If the situation in England improves quickly, Johnson said changes could be made after two weeks.

UK: 57 percent of adults fully vaccinated

Although the British vaccination campaign is well advanced and almost 57 percent of adults are already fully vaccinated, the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, has caused the number of infections in the country to skyrocket again. After only very few new infections were counted for weeks, the so-called seven-day incidence is now almost 68 again.