Lockdown could continue until August as Delta variant continues to spread

A minister announced this morning that the lockdown could last until August as the government hopes to vaccinate everyone by July.

Boris Johnson will announce today that the June 21 easing has been postponed to July 19 due to worrying increases in cases.

The new Delta variant is said to be around 60 percent more transmissible than the Kent variant, and scientists believe it is now the dominant strain in the country.

Ministers spoke about the delay today, however, but they revealed that the easing could take longer to take effect.

When asked about this possibility, Mr. Argar told Sky News: “If there was a delay, of course it is possible.

“But I, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health want the restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible and any delay to be as short as possible.

“We need to realize that vaccination is key. This disease is becoming endemic and we must learn to live with it.

“We’re not going to get zero covid. Vaccination is the way to the point where we can live with this disease.”

Mr Johnson said Saturday the rising numbers were a “serious, serious concern”.

He will return to the lectern today to reveal any restrictions that may be lifted on June 21st.

The Prime Minister previously said he hopes to lift all legal restrictions on social distancing by that date.

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