Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on the coronavirus (Covid-19).
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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on Friday announced a delay in further easing coronavirus restrictions in England by at least two weeks.
It was originally planned to ease the restrictions over the weekend.
The move comes shortly after the government imposed restrictions on parts of northern England following an increase in transmission speeds.
Amid the changes, Johnson said wedding receptions for up to 30 people would no longer be allowed to take place from August 1
Front coatings, which are already needed in shops and hubs for domestic transport, will also soon be mandatory in more settings.
Speaking at a televised news conference on Downing Street, Johnson said it was time to “press the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”
He also warned, citing the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, that “the spread of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to increase for the first time since May”.
To date, the United Kingdom has registered nearly 304,000 cases of coronavirus with 46,084 related deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The UK is second only to Russia in the highest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe.