Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London on the coronavirus (Covid-19).
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On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the delay in further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England by at least two weeks.
Initially, restrictions were relaxed over the weekend.
The move comes shortly after the government imposed restrictions on northern England lines following an increase in transmission speeds.
Among the changes, Johnson said that as of August 1, wedding receptions with a capacity of up to 30 people will no longer be possible, while bowling alleys, casinos and an ice rink will remain closed.
Face coverage, which is already required in shops and in-house transport centers, will also soon be mandatory in several settings.
Speaking at a television press conference in Downing Street, Johnson said it was time to “depress the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”
He also warned, citing the latest data from the Bureau of National Statistics, that “the prevalence of the virus in the community in England is likely to rise for the first time since May.”
To date, the United Kingdom has recorded almost 304,000 cases of coronavirus with 46,084 deaths related to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The United Kingdom ranks second in Russia in terms of the largest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe.