Johnson to postpone easing the blockade in England by a month

Johnson to postpone easing the blockade in England by a month

One ally of Johnson said: “Irreversibility is driving Boris’ thinking. He doesn’t want to have to ease restrictions now to bring them back later.” Whitty told the prime minister a four-week delay was vital to avoid a situation in which restrictions are lifted prematurely, only to have to be restored later. Downing Street said “no decisions have been taken” about whether to lift restrictions on June 21. Johnson might relax guidance on the size of weddings on June 21, even if he retains other restrictions, according to government officials.

PHE data also indicated Delta, first identified in India, is 64 per cent more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha variant that originated in Kent. Nine in every 10 new Covid-19 cases are the Delta variant, according to a Public Health England report released on Friday.

Two senior Whitehall officials said Whitty advised Johnson this week to postpone what is meant to be the final stage of the government’s lockdown easing plan in England by four weeks and stressed that a shorter delay would be insufficient to control the spread of the virus. The expected delay to lifting restrictions comes as the NHS races to vaccinate more adults amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations across the UK due to the coronavirus variant named Delta. Almost 15m adults in England remain unvaccinated, including 2m people aged over 50, according to Financial Times analysis.

One Cabinet Office insider said: “A delay is the only sensible course of action. It’s our working assumption. The latest modelling is dire and it would be suicide to go ahead with a full easing.” The government’s medical advisers have modelled the impact of a four-week delay on vaccination levels, concluding that a smaller postponement would not make much difference. Johnson was given data on Thursday that outlined the latest analysis of the Delta variant and its potential impact on the NHS. “It is now critical we double jab everyone as quickly as possible,” said one official.

With two doses of a coronavirus vaccine showing good protection against infection from the Delta variant, the government is seeking to get more jabs into arms. Currently, 55.4 per cent of the adult population has had two doses. Recommended

The News Highlights

  • Johnson to postpone easing the blockade in England by a month
  • Check the latest News news updates and information about business, finance and more.
Disclaimer: If you need to edit or update this news from compsmag then kindly contact us Learn more

For Latest News Follow us on Google News


Latest Headlines
  • Show all
  • Trending News
  • Popular By week
Motorola Moto G60 First Impressions: Camera Focused

The Motorola RAZR may need to take a year off to work things out

Amid reports that other companies like Honor are gearing up to release foldable smartphones this year, Motorola apparently won’t be among them. The report ...
Boise’s barbershop welcomes the 5th generation of the family to the business

Boise’s barbershop welcomes the 5th generation of the family to the business

Chip Kezar said he may not live long enough to see a sixth generation of the family get a haircut at their barbershop and he is set to retire soon. “It’s just ...
Free genetic test to assess your health?  Beware, it could be a Medicare scam

Free genetic test to assess your health? Beware, it could be a Medicare scam

Advice from the experts: Always check with your doctor’s office first, and never share your Medicare number with anyone other than your health care provider. ...
The NSA Whistleblower Reality Show Winner Has Been Released From Prison

The NSA Whistleblower Reality Show Winner Has Been Released From Prison

Court filings make clear that Winner had wanted to make Americans aware that the government had concluded that Russia secretly tried to gain access to U.S. ...
How to Refinance a HELOC and Save Money by Doing It

How to Refinance a HELOC and Save Money by Doing It

The first thing a lender is going to look at is your credit score. You want to make sure you have a solid score that gives a lender confidence you can pay your ...
Eugene Police Test ‘BolaWrap’ To Detain People In Mental Health Crisis

Eugene Police Test ‘BolaWrap’ To Detain People In Mental Health Crisis

More than 500 police departments in the U.S. use BolaWrap devices, according to the manufacturer, including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Sacramento and recently ...
Prime Health Services Announces Acquisition of InterWest Health

Prime Health Services Announces Acquisition of InterWest Health

About InterWest Health, LLC Prime Health Services, Inc. is a strategic health care technology partner supporting clients with tailored services for ...
Samsung New Lineup of Laptops That Sync with Galaxy Smartphones

According to a fresh report, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Plus successor would have a plastic back

Currently, the standard Galaxy S21 is Samsung’s only 2021 flagship to feature a polycarbonate build. Both the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra come with ...
Company that owns Mesa Mall is in bankruptcy proceedings |  The business

Company that owns Mesa Mall is in bankruptcy proceedings | The business

It filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston, according to the release. It has secured $100 million in money for ...
First Live Test of New Facebook Audio Rooms Feature executed by FaceBook in the US

Facebook performances present the first live test of new Facebook audio in the US

Earlier today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented a test on the functionality of the platform’s new audio venues, with a series of Facebook executives ...
Show next
Compsmag - Latest News from tech, business and health
Logo