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COVID-19: Johnson Should Delay ‘Freedom Day’ As Poll Shows More Than Half Support Him | UK News

Boris Johnson is expected to come to terms with the delay in easing the lockdown in England and, according to a new poll, just over half of the British public support the move.

The lifting of the last remaining coronavirus restrictions was scheduled for June 21, so-called Freedom Day, as part of the government’s roadmap.

But, due to concerns about the rapidly spreading delta variant, this should be postponed – perhaps until mid-July.

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Boris Johnson says he would rather be cautious about easing restrictions

An Opinium poll of 2,002 UK adults found 54% believed the lifting of restrictions should be postponed, up from 43% two weeks ago.

Only 37% thought they should move forward as planned or sooner, down from 44% two weeks ago.

Most of those wishing to postpone the easing are older people, including almost two-thirds of those over 65, while young people are more evenly distributed – 45% of 18-34 postponed the postponement and 46% say that easing is expected to continue on or before June 21.

About six in 10 people supported maintaining the requirement to wear face masks, as well as closing nightclubs and limiting large outdoor events.

Just under half supported maintaining restrictions on marriages and the six-household rule.

One of the main reasons for keeping the restrictions would be so more people could receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A dose of either Pfizer or AstraZeneca The vaccine is only 33% effective in preventing symptomatic infection due to the delta variant first reported in India.

The second dose increases the protection provided by the Pfizer vaccine to 88% and the AZ vaccine to at least 60%.

Scientists estimate that 96% of all new coronavirus cases are attributed to the delta variant, which is estimated to be 60% more transmissible than the previous dominant …

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