Boris Johnson will postpone the much-anticipated “Freedom Day” to July 19 after kicking the full lockdown in the tall grass for another four weeks, it was reported.
Concerns arise that cases of the mutant Indian strain are on the rise after increasing 240 percent in just a week.
The plans, due to be officially announced on Monday, include a two-week review, which means the full lockdown restrictions could be lifted on July 5 if hospital admissions are kept in check. The sun reported.
The chances of lifting the restrictions scheduled for June 21 were close to zero – a devastating blow to Wembley, which will host England versus Scotland at Euro 2020.
It was hoped that Wembley Stadium could be capped at 22,500 fans – who have been fully stabbed or tested – and around 45,000 for the semi-finals and the July 11 final.
However, all of this could turn out to be a pipe dream as hospital emissions for Covid-positive patients with the Indian variant.
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According to reports, sources involved in planning the delay point to the fact that all UK adults will be offered at least one vaccination by the end of July, with short delays seen as far better than reversing and reintroducing tighter restrictions .
A source told The Sun, “The last thing you need is a hokey-cokey of in-out, in-out restrictions.
“Nobody wants to go backwards, and we have to do that right the first time.”
Analysis by Public Health England shows that infections of the Indian variant rose from 12,431 in the past week to 42,323, an increase of 240 percent.
For people in the UK, the likelihood of the Indian variant being infected through close contact is two-thirds higher – with cases more than tripling in 11 days.
The doubling rates for Delta or Indian variant infections were up to 4.5 days in some parts of England.
96 percent of all cases are now due to the new strain.
Experts found that household members were 64 percent more likely to be infected with the beetle compared to the Alpha or Kent strains.
It comes, as Jim McManus, vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health said, data – not data – should be behind the final decision, adding, “Patience will pay off in the long run.”