Boris Johnson has confirmed that England will not lift the final Covid-19 restrictions on June 21st.
The British Prime Minister halted plans to abolish all restrictions as a result of the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant, first identified in India.
The Government planned to end all social distancing regulations from June 21st.
Johnson said the planned reopening will now take place on July 19th.
This will give the NHS time to vaccinate more people, in particular those in the younger cohorts who are making up the lions share of cases in England.
“There is a risk that the virus will outrun the vaccines,” Johnson said.
Johnson warned that a proportion of the elderly are still at risk of the virus, even if they are fully vaccinated.
He went on to say that cases are increasing by over 60% each week, and hospital numbers are rising once again.