The UK was on a nationwide lockdown for a couple of months. PM Boris Johnson outlined the unlock plan in February to curb the restrictions on June 21. However, he has decided not to end the lockdown on June 21 and extend it for 4 weeks. Johnson hoped that he will lift some restrictions in June. But keeping the scenario in mind, he has decided not to do so.
Lockdown Extended in the UK for 4 Weeks
UK PM Boris Johnson has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for a month. Earlier he had decided to ease the restrictions on June 21. But this is not happening anymore. He announced on Monday that the COVID-19 lockdown will get extended in the country. Johnson added that the COVID-19 Delta variant is quite infectious. And it is spreading at an alarming rate throughout the world. Several cases of the Delta variant are also detected in the UK. Henceforth, to curb its spread, he needs to extend the lockdown. If not extended, thousands of people will lose their lives.
What is Left to Reopen and What did the PM Say About it?
There is not a complete lockdown in the UK. Essentials and other important venues are opened. In the final stage, Johnson was going to open up the pubs, nightclubs, dine-in, and other facilities. However, he has decided not to open them for a month more. The lockdown is extended till July 19. Johnson told in a press conference that it is a sensible decision to do so. People will have to wait a little longer for these venues to get opened. Moreover, he added that four weeks are enough. Within four weeks, things will get back on track in the UK.
Freedom Day in the UK
The fourth and final stage of the lockdown in the UK is dubbed as the “Freedom Day”. People are expecting freedom from the deadly virus that had chained everyone. Hospitals are still dealing with the Delta variant which is quite infectious. Johnson has also decided to accelerate vaccinations for those above 40. They are also planning on developing vaccines for children.