Boris Johnson postpones further easing of lockdown measures

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Johnson said that a planned relaxation on Saturday of the rules allowing high-risk venues such as casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks to reopen will now be postponed for at least two weeks.

Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake order to keep the virus under control".

The ONS also estimate that there are now 4,900 new infections every day up from around 3,000 per day on the 14th of July and 2,000 per day at the end of June.

The First Minister wants to maintain an open border despite fears that stricter lockdown measures in the north west of England could see a further influx of holiday home owners to north Wales.

New data published by the government yesterday shows that the so-called R number, representing how many people each new Covid-19 patient infects, may be above the critical threshold of 1 in the north-west and south-west of England.

However the United Kingdom government have now taken a step back by confirming sporting events must go ahead without crowds present this weekend. A number above 1 means the virus will spread exponentially.

It follows a spike in coronavirus cases which has led to general restrictions being reintroduced to some part of northern England. "So what that means potentially is that if we wish to do more things in the future, we may have to do less of some other things", he said.

"But we have to be realistic about this".

"Maintain social distancing, wash your hands and if you're using shared facilities do so carefully and consciously, that way we can keep Wales safe and open for everyone to noting".

Other things which will not go ahead as planned across England on Saturday include indoor performances, reopening conference centres, and close-contact services such as facials and make-up application.

However, advice to encourage employers to bring staff back into work remained unchanged, with Mr Johnson saying companies have gone to "huge lengths to make workplaces safe".

Opposition politicians supported the latest move but criticized the government for announcing the restrictions in a tweet from Hancock late Thursday, just two hours before they came into force at midnight.

The Government will write to clinically vulnerable people living in areas where additional public health measures require them to continue shielding.

"I'm really, really sorry about that, but we simply can not take the risk".



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