Lockdown easing: PM to give update at 6 pm on delaying the reopening 

Lockdown easing: PM to give update at 6 pm on delaying the reopening 

Lockdown easing: PM to give update at 6 pm on delaying the reopening 

PM Boris Johnson is set to address the nation at a news conference today at 18:00 BST. The PM is expected to confirm the delay in easing lockdown restrictions by another four weeks.

  • PM set to confirm 4-week delay to lockdown easing
  • Scientists urging delay over Delta variant 
  • Extension could trigger Tory backbench rebellion
  • PM press conference at 6 pm on Monday  

Most Covid rules will remain in place in England for at least another four weeks after the planned 21 June date, government sources told the BBC. 

It could mean capacity limits for sports, pubs and cinemas remain and clubs would stay closed. 

The 4-week extension to lockdown will be put to a Commons vote this month and could trigger a Tory backbench rebellion. 

England was set to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June. But scientists are calling for a delay over the sharp rise in Delta variant cases. 

A delay in reopening would allow more work to be done on whether vaccines are breaking or simply weakening the link between infections and hospitalisations. 

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