British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday, June 14, to postpone for four weeks the lifting of the last restrictions linked to the pandemic in England on the advice of scientists worried about the outbreak of the Delta variant.
During a press conference in Downing Street, the Prime Minister recalled that, when he established the roadmap for deconfinement, he wanted it to be “Prudent and irreversible, step by step”. However, he deplored that the country still has more infections and hospitalizations. “Millions of young people have not been vaccinated and the elderly and vulnerable can still die if they have not received two doses”, he lamented.
Boris Johnson expressed particular concern about the Delta variant, which initially appeared in India. About 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant which appeared in England, this variant is now dominant in the United Kingdom, the country most damaged in Europe by the pandemic with nearly 128,000 deaths.
After a long winter confinement and a vigorous vaccination campaign, the government has gradually removed restrictions. But new contaminations have recently started to rise again and exceed the 7,000 new cases recorded daily.
The last stage of deconfinement, which provides, among other things, for the reopening of nightclubs and the authorization for performance halls to operate at full capacity, will not take place as planned on June 21, but will be postponed for four weeks, to July 19. .
More than 41.5 million people, or nearly 79% of the adult population, have received a first dose of vaccine and 29.8 million people, or 56.6% of the adult population, have been doubly vaccinated.