U.K. may delay final lockdown easing as COVID-19 infections rise

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The U.K. was due to end its COVID-19-related restrictions on June 21, but the government now says it is absolutely open to delaying the date, arguing it is still too soon to make a decision in light of the recent rise in infections.

  • About 5,300 cases were reported in the U.K. on Sunday, taking the weekly tally to 33,500 or 49% more than the week before.

  • Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that the Delta variant, now dominant in the country, is 40% more transmissible than the domestic Alpha variant, explaining the governments recent caution.

  • The country is preparing to vaccinate the countrys teenagers starting in August, after medical watchdogs cleared the vaccine from drug company Pfizer
    and Biotech BioNTech
    for use on 12 to 15 year-olds.

Read: France is reopening to foreign tourists, and will allow in vaccinated tourists from most of the world


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