Boris Johnson halts UK reopening as coronavirus cases rise

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference in Downing Street on September 9, 2020 in London.WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britain was at a “perilous turning point” and that action was needed now to stop the spread of the coronavirus.In a marked change of tone, Johnson called off the lifting of lockdowns across the country, asking people to work from home again if possible.

He warned that the new measures, which include the early closure of pubs and restaurants from Thursday, could be in place for up to six months.

This follows a surge in coronavirus cases in recent days, which has led to localized lockdown measures in parts of northern England. Groups of more than six people are also no longer allowed to meet.

To date, the country has reported more than 400,000 coronavirus cases and 41,877 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

– Holly Ellyatt contributed to this report

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