The final lockdown restrictions were due to take place on June 21, which has been dubbed “Freedom Day.”
According to The Sun, this will be pushed back to July 19, after a 240% increase in cases of Delta variants in the last week alone.
The newspaper reports that a two-week exam will take place on July 5 and that the lockdown could end if Covid hospitalizations are lifted.
By the end of July, all British adults will be offered at least their first coronavirus vaccine.
An insider said the government was determined to avoid ending the restrictions and then reimposing them.
They said, “The last thing they need is a hokey cokey in out, in out of restrictions.
“No one wants to go back, and we have to get it right first.”
Speaking to The Sun, government sources said the odds of a June 21 release were now “close to zero.”
However, number 10 insiders told Express.co.uk that there is still no final decision on the final leg of the roadmap.
They said the Prime Minister did not intend to review the data until the G7, when the five-week review period was over.
The sources added that he would make his decision after chairing a meeting with scientists on Monday morning.
The Delta variant has killed at least 42 Britons so far.
However, in one sign the vaccines are working, more than half of them had yet to receive a single vaccine.
Only six of the deaths were from people who had already received their two vaccines.
Dr Jenny Harris, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, urges Britons to get vaccinated to fight the variant.
She said, “With the number of Delta variant cases on the rise across the country, vaccination is our best defense.
“If you are eligible, we urge you to come forward and get vaccinated.
“Remember, two doses offer significantly more protection than one dose.”
The booming Delta variant is now responsible for 96% of new coronavirus cases in England.
Data from Public Health England shows the number of infections has skyrocketed to 42,323, up from 12,431 last week.
More than 41 million people in the UK have received at least one Covid vaccine, of which 29 million are fully vaccinated.
All people aged 25 and over are now eligible for a free NHS vaccine.
Any delay in lifting the restrictions would reach the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on July 11, unless a waiver is granted.
Authorities had hoped to have 45,000 fans in the stadium for the match.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-11 17:26:00