Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on London’s Coronavirus (Covid-19).
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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on Friday announced a delay in further reduction of coronavirus restrictions in England for at least two weeks.
Initially, it was planned to ease restrictions on the weekend.
The move comes shortly after the government imposed restrictions on parts of northern England following rising speeds.
Among the changes, Johnson said that wedding receptions for up to 30 people will no longer be allowed from August 1, while bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks will remain closed.
Front coverings, which are already needed in shops and domestic transport centers, will also soon become mandatory in other conditions.
Speaking at a television news conference on Downing Street, Johnson said it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”
He also warned, citing the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, that “the prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to increase for the first time since May.”
To date, there have been almost 304,000 coronavirus cases in the UK, with 46,984 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The United Kingdom ranks second after Russia in the largest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe.